NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 - The Second Fermi Card

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.

 The GeForce GTX 470 measures around 9.5 inches in length, making it the same size as a Radeon HD 5850.

Cut outs in the back of the card allows the cooler to draw more fresh air from its surroundings.

The reference GeForce GTX 470 sports the same dual DVI ports and single mini-HDMI port that are found on the GeForce GTX 480. Only any two digital outputs can be active since there are still only two DVO ports from the GPU. This is still a downside against its competitor which can power three displays on one card.

The card is powered via two 6-pin PCIe power connectors and NVIDIA recommends using a PSU that has a minimum rating of 550W.

3-way SLI can be enabled via the two SLI connectors.


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