Advantages Performance, price, features and the overclocking headroom (varies from card to card)
Disadvantages Power usage, heat output, fan louder than 55%
This is my review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470. When the Fermi series of graphics cards first launched, i was very worried with the amount of heat these put out and of course the massive power draw, compared to the competition (ATI/AMD). Furthermore, the GTX 470 was priced very poorly here (in the UK), retailing at over £300 at launch, which was about the same as a Radeon HD 5870 which was a much better card in terms of performance and efficiency. Since then NVIDIA have been smart in reducing prices, and presently this card etails for as little as £209, which seems to be a splendid price.
The performance of this graphics card is amazing. For the price of a HD 5850 (at the time of writing), you get performance which is between a the HD 5850 and the more powerful HD 5870, and through overclocking you can reach the performance of even a GTX 480, which is over £130 more than the GTX 470. There are some games where performance is less than amazing, of course this is common and could be said for ATI as well.
Obviously most computer hardware enthusiasts who purchase high-end products such as this would like to overclock it too, as did i. The overclockability of a card varies from one to another, and no one card is the same, especially with the NVIDIA Fermi series as they all have varying VIDs (Voltage Identification Digital), which determines the voltage required by the card to run with stability. Average overclocks for the GTX 470 cards on air (usually stock cooler) are about 750Mhz, however my perticular card can do 875Mhz on the core, up from 607Mhz stock, which is roughly 44% faster, which is nothing short of amazing.
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