Galaxy GeForce GTX 470 GC

The GeForce GTX 470 GC is a factory overclocked graphics card with core and memory speeds of 625MHz and 3348MHz

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Galaxy GeForce GTX 470 GC The Galaxy GTX 470 GC is pre-overclocked and uses a custom cooler
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  November 4, 2010

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Key Specs

API supported: DirectX 11
Connections: DVI x2, mini-HDMI x1
GPU: nVidia GeForce GTX 470
GPU frequency: 625MHz
Interface type: PCI-E

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Galaxy says its GeForce GTX 470 GC is the ‘world's first non reference design GTX 470'. While it's impossible to verify this we can certainly say it's the first custom GTX 470 we've received.

As soon as we got the card out of its packaging the difference between Galaxy's card and the others here could be seen. The GTX 470 GC is equipped with a customised cooling solution complete with a hinged cooling fan. The hinge is a useful addition that makes it possible to clean the fan without any difficulty. The implementation works well and we hope that more companies offer this.

The enhanced cooler is put to good use, Galaxy ships this card factory-overclocked. Its GTX 470 GPU runs at a frequency of 625MHz (607MHz is the nVidia reference standard) while its CUDA cores tick along at 1250MHz (1215MHz is the reference speed). On the memory front Galaxy sticks with nVidia's reference specifications, so its 1280MB of GDDR5 screams along at 3348MHz.

Put to the test the Galaxy's higher than standard GPU clock made its mark. In the Heaven v2.0 benchmark the card produced results of 70.2fps, 49.9fps and 43.4fps at 1024 x 768, 1680 x 1050 and 1920 x 1200 pixels; these are the highest framerates in this grouptest. Running our other benchmarks the GTX 470 GC trounced the other cards here in those tests as well. Very impressive.

Verdict: The GTX 470 GC is a unique graphics card that packs superlative performance under its hood. It’s simply the fastest GTX 470 we’ve tested.

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