PNY GeForce GTX 470 Review - HotHardware

PNY GeForce GTX 470 Review

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How We Configured Our Test Systems:  We tested the graphics cards in this article on a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 motherboard powered by a Core i7 965 quad-core processor and 6GB of OCZ DDR3-1333 RAM. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the system BIOS and set all values to their "optimized" or "high performance" default settings. Then we manually configured the memory timings and disabled any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. The hard drive was then formatted, and Windows 7 Ultimate x64 was installed. When the installation was complete we fully updated the OS and installed the latest hotfixes, along with the necessary drivers and applications.

HotHardware's Test Systems
Core i7 Powered

Hardware Used:
Core i7 965 (3.2GHz)

Gigabyte EX58-UD5
(X58 Express)

Radeon HD 5850
Radeon HD 5870
Radeon HD 5970
GeForce GTX 285
GeForce GTX 470
GeForce GTX 465
GeForce GTX 480

6GB OCZ DDR3-1333
Western Digital Raptor 150GB
Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX Feb. 2010 Redist
ATI Catalyst v10.4
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers 257.15

Benchmarks Used:

Unigine Heaven v2.0
3DMark Vantage v1.0.1
FarCry 2
Left 4 Dead 2*
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars v1.5*

* - Custom benchmark

Unigine Heaven v2.0 Benchmark
Synthetic DirectX 11 Gaming

Unigine Heaven

The Unigine Heaven Benchmark v2.0 is built around the Unigine game engine. Unigine is a cross-platform real-time 3D engine, with support for DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11 and OpenGL. The Heaven benchmark--when run in DX11 mode--also makes comprehensive use of tessellation technology and advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion), and it also features volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm and a dynamic sky with light scattering. Due to the fact that we tested Heaven in DX11 mode, no NVIDIA GT200 series cards are represented in the graph below.

The PNY GeForce GTX 470 handled the Unigine Heaven benchmark really well. At the extreme settings we used, which heavily tax the tessellation capabilities of a GPU, the GTX 470 is the third fastest of the bunch--only the more expensive GeForce GTX 480 and dual-GPU powered Radeon HD 5970 come out ahead.

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The heat aspects are what would keep me away from one of these. The price premium doesn't help much either.

Tessellation hasn't proven to be a real game changer yet, but may be a factor in the future.

Remember the Cooking Times Graphic?


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Dude, that is a fantastic diagram.  Where did you find that?

In reference to the review, I can't really believe how much power these babies need.  You'd think as we progress into the future we'd be creating cards that are faster and use less power.

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I just built a new rig(pics to come soon)and started out with a 5850 which impressed me with it's performance:heat:power:price, but driver issues scared me off and I went back to the green side since it's what I've always used. The 470 impressed me as well despite being hotter and more power hungry. I feel like the tradeoff is worth it honestly since the louder fan and greater power draw don't bother me. I've only run 2 benchmarks so far, but the results speak for themselves. Tried & true 3Dmark06 went from 18184 to 19569 and Unigine Heaven went from 29.9fps to 39.6. Default settings were used in both tests @ 1080P.  I'm running an 860 on a Gigabyte board with 4gb of 1333 and nothing is OC'ed yet.

The difference in temps is pretty astounding though in fairness. The 5850 barely breaks 50c under load while the 470 hits the mid 70s.

I'm probably just an impatient fool, but... oh well. :P

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I agree with realneil, 100%. I'm really wanting a newer nVidia card, but I think I will wait for something a little more refined.

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That's just Evil that you don't like your free ATI 5K series :P
Some of the Nvidia's need to have the MSI makeovers. You know put all that chrome pipeing with twin radiators, to keep them cool!
Either way I feel that in six months all of these will be obsolete, and we will have the option of paying the same price for something that is supposedly twice as powerful.

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HD 5850 is bang for you buck! GTX 470 consumes more electricity and performs faster than HD 5850 by a small margin...

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I still got to give that crown to the ATI!

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I know it makes me shallow, but I'm spoiled by physx, so I'll be sticking with Nvidia (though not at launch prices).  Judging by the comments posted in sites like Guru3d, the new drivers have somewhat improved things for the 480 and 470, from speed, IQ, to even temps.  Anyone know if there's a 're-review' of the gtx 480 with the latest drivers?

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