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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 (Reference Card) review

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 - The Second Fermi Card

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Overall rating 7.5/10
Performance:
8
Features:
8.5
Value:
7
THE GOOD
High-end performance
Compact size
THE BAD
Not competitively priced
Suffers the same heat, noise and thermal problems as the GeForce GTX 480


The GeForce GTX 470

The GeForce GTX 470

Unlike the GeForce GTX 480 which has exposed heat pipes and a large radiating heat plate, the reference GeForce GTX 470 is outfitted with a more traditional-looking cooler. However, once the cooler gets in its stride, it's almost just as noisy.

It is also markedly smaller compared to the GeForce GTX 480 and about the same size as ATI's Radeon HD 5850. This makes it smaller too than NVIDIA's previous flagship single GPU card, the GeForce GTX 285, which is good news for those with compact casings.