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Review: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 470 - tested in SLI and compared to Radeon HD 5870 XF

by Tarinder Sandhu on 20 April 2010, 08:57 3.0

Tags: GeForce GTX 470 1,280MB, NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), ZOTAC

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Take two

The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 470 1,280MB graphics card is based exclusively on the reference design that NVIDIA rolled out to the press a couple of weeks' ago.

See? The only difference between the two is the additional two ZOTAC-branded stickers on the card in for review today.

Worried about size? The card measures 9.5in long and will therefore fit into the majority of systems without a problem.

Dual six-pin power connectors are required to power the GTX 470. NVIDIA claims a maximum thermal design point of 215W, and we'd encourage readers to have a quality 600W-plus PSU at the ready.

ZOTAC also keeps to the reference speeds of 607MHz core, 1,215MHz general, and 3,348MHz memory clocks. We'll be seeing pre-overclocked models soon, according to industry sources.

The large heatsink uses five heatpipes to pull the heat away from the hot-running GPU. A radial fan then blows cooler air over them and forces it out of the back of the card.

Outputs are standard for a GTX 400-series card, too, bringing with it twin dual-link DVI and mini-HDMI.

We already know the performance of a single GTX 470, and testing shows that the ZOTAC card falls perfectly in line with the results obtained from the reference model, so we paired them up, cobbled them together via SLI, and installed them into a cavernous Corsair Obsidian 700D chassis.