EVGA GeForce GTX 470 Hydro Copper FTW Video Card Review

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Overclocking the EVGA GeForce GTX 470 HYDRO FTW

The EVGA GeForce GTX 470 Hydro Copper can easily be overclocked via any number of applications out there.

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Starting out with our already overclocked EVGA GeForce GTX 470 Hydro Copper FTW we already have a decent boost over reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470′s. However, decent is never enough!

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Running Furmark 1.8.2 in the background has always been a good indicator of stability while I work on a graphics card overclock. I was able to achieve stability in Furmark 1.8.2 at an impressive 805MHz on the Fermi GF100 core and 895MHz on the memory. That is an additional 25.5% on the core (over reference) and an additional 5.5% on the memory! Unfortunately, Furmark seems to have lied to me.

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Every time I tried to run 3DMark Vantage the system would crash. Ultimately I had to back down the memory and core clocks to 786MHz on the core and 874 on the memory. The core was still and additional 136MHz or 22.4%. This gives us a total overclock of 179MHz or 29.4% over a vanilla NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470!

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Once we had a rock solid overclock I ran through 3DMark Vantage several times. The GPU Score in 3DMark Vantage improved by ~2500 points with a just a little work and a lot of fun. Overall scores improved by varying amounts. If we left the PhysX configuration on auto select we saw an overall improvement of 2861 points or 14.9%. Setting the PhysX to run on the CPU, our overall score improved by 1942 points or 11.9%. It is also well worth noting that the EVGA GeForce GTX 470 Hydro Copper was able to out perform the HIS Radeon HD 5870 even though PhysX was limited to the CPU!

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