Palit GeForce GTX 470 - Providing Relief from the Heat


Test Setup

Test Setup

The cards will be tested using our high-end X58 system with the following specifications:

  • Intel Core i7-975 (3.33GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P motherboard
  • 3 x 1GB DDR3-1333 OCZ memory in triple channel mode
  • Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

Given that the card's clock speeds mirrors that of NVIDIA's reference version, we fully expect the Palit card to perform identically to a reference one. To this end, we'll be paying special attention to the efficiency of the card's custom cooler and also its overclocking ability.

The full list of cards tested and their driver versions:

  • Palit GeForce GTX 470 (ForceWare 197.41)
  • Galaxy GeForce GTX 470 GC Version 1280MB GDDR5(ForceWare 197.41)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 (ForceWare 197.17 Beta)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 (ForceWare 197.17 Beta)
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870 (Catalyst 10.2)
  • ATI Radeon HD 5850 (Catalyst 10.2)

The list of benchmark used are as follows:

  • Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Far Cry 2
  • Warhammer: Dawn of War 2
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • "Heaven" from Unigine
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
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Overall rating 8.5/10
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Performance
8
Features
8.5
Value
9.5
The Good
Runs cooler than reference card
Outstanding overclocking performance
The Bad
Not factory-overclocked
Cheaper than most reference based GeForce GTX 470 cards