Galaxy GeForce GTX 470 GC Version - Flippin' Blue Fans


First to the Fore

First to the Fore

Sidekick to the supremely fast GeForce GTX 480, the GeForce GTX 470 has been positioned by NVIDIA as the 'value' option for anyone thinking of hopping on to the Fermi bandwagon.

Much like its bigger brother, the GeForce GTX 470 is a rapid graphics card, significantly quicker than the Radeon HD 5850 and quick enough on certain benchmarks to worry even the Radeon HD 5870. On the downside, it is costly, power hungry, extremely hot to run, and noisy.

Fortunately, help is on the way. Galaxy, no stranger to customized editions of NVIDIA graphics card, has recently released their GeForce GTX 470 GC version. Galaxy, if you remember, was our winner in the Hardware Zone Editor's Choice Tech Awards for Best NVIDIA Graphics card.

As one of the world's first non-reference GeForce GTX 470, Galaxy's GeForce GTX 470 GC version sports a unique 'flip-fan' cooler and comes factory-overclocked. Hopefully the custom cooler will help lower the GeForce GTX 470's high operating temperatures and also make it less noisy to run. We'll be taking careful note if the card is able to deliver on these aspects and improve upon NVIDIA's reference card. That aside, Galaxy's custom edition GeForce GTX 470 also sports a shorter PCB and comes with its own overclocking utility. Below, we've put together a video highlight of the Galaxy card to give you a quick rundown of its various aspects, but read on for the complete detailed review.

8.5
Performance
8
Features
9.5
Value
8.5
The Good
Custom cooler is funky and makes maintenance easy
Much cooler than a stock card
Attractively priced
The Bad
Clock speeds too conservative
Custom cooler is slightly noisier