When NVIDIA launched the first wave of GF100-based graphics cards in late march, the initial GeForce GTX 400 series line-up consisted of only two cards, the flagship GeForce GTX 480 (reviewed here) and its somewhat less powerful counterpart, the GeForce GTX 470. Since then, NVIDIA has augmented the GeForce GTX 400 series line-up with the more affordable GeForce GTX 465 as well, which we took a look at here.
Unfortunately, at launch, we did not have access to a GeForce GTX 470 and couldn't provide our normal performance analysis. But good things come to those to who wait though. And since the initial launch we have gotten our hands on a full retail-ready GeForce GTX 470 by way of long time player in the PC space PNY. NVIDIA has also released a brand new set of drivers, i.e. Release 256, that unlocks additional performance from their latest GPU.
On the pages ahead, we'll evaluate the PNY GeForce GTX 470 using NVIDIA's latest drivers to see just how much performance the GTX 470 has to offer gamers today...
PNY GeForce GTX 470 Review
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?
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
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.
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
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.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
HD 5850 is bang for you buck! GTX 470 consumes more electricity and performs faster than HD 5850 by a small margin...
I still got to give that crown to the ATI!
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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