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Palit GeForce GTX 470 1280MB GDDR5 Graphics Card

A good high-end custom product.

November 18, 2010



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Specifications

  • GPU: GeForce GTX 470 (GF100)
  • Interface: PCIe x16
  • GPU clock rate (ROPs/shaders): 607/1215 MHz (standard)
  • Memory clock rate, physical (effective): 840 (3360) MHz (standard)
  • Bus: 320-bit
  • Stream processors: 448
  • TMUs: 56 (BLF/TLF/ANIS)
  • ROPs: 40
  • Size: 250x100x33 mm
  • PCB color: black
  • RAMDACs/TDMS: integrated into GPU
  • Outputs: 2 x Dual-Link DVI-I, DisplayPort, HDMI
  • Multi-GPU mode: hardware SLI

Design

Comparison with the reference design, front view

Palit GeForce GTX 470 1280MB GDDR5 Reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470

Comparison with the reference design, rear view

Palit GeForce GTX 470 1280MB GDDR5 Reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470

As you can see, Palit GeForce GTX 470 1280MB GDDR5 has a custom PCB that is quite different from the reference one. Only memory chip layout is the same. Palit's card is shorter, there are no ventilation holes, power unit is different. Last but not least, there are four outputs instead of the standard three. Considering that the card only has two transmitters, you can output signal to two monitors simultaneously (DVI + HDMI or DVI + DisplayPort).

The card has two 6-pin supplementary power connectors.

Maximum resolutions and frequencies:

  • 240 Hz maximum refresh rate
  • 2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz max. digital resolution
  • 2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz max. VGA resolution

Cooling

The cooler has a heatsink and a cover with two fans. The heatsink has copper base plate and cools down both the core and memory chips. The fans are slow, so the cooler is almost noiseless.



Temperature monitoring results

Traditionally, we monitored temperatures using EVGA Precision (based on RivaTuner).



Although the cooler seems efficient, core temperature reaches 89°C. This is acceptable for a reference card (and it's not that hot anyway), but a similar cooler on a Gainward's card does a way better job — 81°C at higher GPU clock rate.

Package

A basic package should include a user manual, a software CD, and adapters where applicable. Now let's see what other accessories are bundled with each card.

This is a basic bundle with a power splitter (don't forget: the card needs two in total).



Box

A traditional cardboard box with all necessary specifications listed on it. Accessories are stowed into compartments, the card itself is fixed securely to avoid transportation issues.



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