Final thoughts and ratingFresh from the production line, ZOTAC's GeForce GTX 470 graphics card is effectively a reference model with a few stickers on top. Bundled with a five-year warranty but scant little else to differentiate it from the crowd, the card's £310 etail price is further compensated by the fact that it's in-stock and ready to buy.
A single card's performance more or less matches a Radeon HD 5870's - a GPU that's been around for six months already - but significantly higher power-draw and a noisier fan take some of the lustre from the GTX 470's overall proposition.
For most readers, the GeForce GTX 470 1,280MB is the better of the two Fermi-derived GPUs, yet until it can match six-month-old AMD technology in all facets it will remain a hard sell.
But what happens if you're committed to the NVIDIA route and want explosive gaming power and can splash out for two GTX 470s? The answer is a commendable 75 per cent performance scaling when tested at the ultra-high resolution of 2,560x1,600.
What ZOTAC really needs is a custom-cooled GTX 470 with noise and temperature characteristics approaching that of a Radeon HD 5870, because it's not enough to be as good as the competition, it needs to be better to sway would-be Radeon purchasers to the green camp.
Bottom line: ZOTAC's GeForce GTX 470 tows the reference line and makes a decent, if not outstanding, case as a high-end GPU. Doubling the £310 outlay leads to appreciable performance gains that will only be realised with ultra-level IQ settings and sky-high resolutions.
Decent performance in every benchmark
SLI scaling is very good, especially at 2,560x1,600
The not so good
For folk looking at current games, GTX 470 isn't any better than six-month-old Radeon HD 5870
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 470 SLI 1,280MB
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