Galaxy GeForce GTX 470 GC Version - Flippin' Blue Fans


The Galaxy GTX 470 GC Version

The Galaxy GTX 470 GC Version

If you are wondering, the GC in the name stands for Graphics Clocked, and the card is indeed factory-overclocked, though not by a large margin. In stock form, the Galaxy GTX 470 GC version comes clocked at 625MHz at the core, 1250MHz at the shaders and 3348MHz DDR. In comparison, a reference GeForce GTX 470 is clocked 607MHz at the core, 1215MHz at the shaders and 3348MHz DDR at the memory. As you can see, the clock speeds aren't that much different from a reference card.

What's more interesting is the new cooler, which features what Galaxy calls a "flip fan" design. Basically, the fan on the cooler is detachable, allowing users to gain quick access to the fan for easy cleaning and maintenance. Galaxy also claims the cooler is quieter than NVIDIA's reference cooler and also keeps the card running cooler while at load.

Another unique thing about the card is its shortened PCB. While a reference GeForce GTX 470 measures at roughly 9.5-inches, Galaxy's GeForce GTX 470 GC version is a tad shorter at 9-inches. This should make it easier to fit into smaller mid-tower casings.

The Galaxy GeForce GTX 470 GC version is only a tiny bit shorter than a reference card.

The cooler gives off a funky blue glow when in operation.

The fan is semi-detachable for easy cleaning and maintenance.

Lifting the fan reveals more of the cooler. Here we can see the multiple cooling fins and the four copper heat pipes.

Nothing unusual here, the Galaxy card features two DVI ports and a single mini-HDMI port.

The cooler, though looking too much like a toy with all that plastic, is rather funky looking, with all the labels proclaiming the prowess of NVIDIA's latest Fermi GPU. Here, we can also see the two SLI connectors.

Power is supplied via two 6-pin PCIe graphics power connectors. And as the labeling states, a PSU rated for at least 550W is required.

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