Legit Video Card Reviews
Zotac GeForce GTX 470 Video Card Review
|Date:||Fri, Jun 04, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Chris Morrell -|
Zotac GeForce GTX 470
NVIDIA's GF100 GPU core has turned a few heads since it's launch back in April. Even though this gigantic core is nearly half a year late it appears that NVIDIA has managed to stick with their trend of gigantic, hot, and powerful GPUs. Back in April Nate published a review on the ASUS GTX 470 and today for your viewing pleasure we have ZOTAC's GTX 470. The two cards are reference cards so there shouldn't be a difference due to hardware but perhaps we can show you another side of the GTX 470. First though let's take a look at the card and packaging.
Like all reference GTX 470 cards ZOTAC has applied their custom logo to the heatsink shroud and fan. I like the sharp contrast between the orange, black, and white, looks good for what it is.
Connectivity consists of two dual-link DVI connectors and a mini-HDMI 1.3a connector. The GTX 470 supports NVIDIA's 3D Vision Surround but it requires the 256 series driver, two GTX 470 graphic cards, three 3D vision monitors, and the associated 3D glasses. A year ago we did a review on 3D Vision if you are interested.
Dual 6-pin connectors are used to provide additional power to the GTX 470 for operation. ZOTAC recommends a minimum of a 550w powersupply with a minimum amp rating of 38a on the +12v rail. You'll need all this power as the card at stock speeds is rated at 215w TDP and that can easily jump with a modest overclock.
The back edge of the ZOTAC GTX 470 contains threaded holes that look as though they are used for card extensions to secure the card into an OEM chassis. Not much for the normal user to worry about though.
Unlike the GTX 480 which has 1536MB of memory, the GTX 470 has 1280MB of memory due to the 320-bit memory bus. With GDDR5 memory speeds of 837MHz(3348MHz effective) this provides ~140GB/s of bandwidth.
You can see how much shorter the GTX 470 is compared to the competition I'm pitting it against today. The reference GTX 470 is 9.5 inches long for those worrying about stuffing one into a small case. Below the GTX 470 is a Gigabyte HD5870 SOC and a reference HD 5870.
Next Page - Box and Bundle
Page 1 - Zotac GeForce GTX 470
Page 2 - Box and Bundle
Page 3 - Test Configuration
Page 4 - Test Results
Page 5 - Overclocking Results
Page 6 - Conclusion