I'm gonna get one Nvidia GTX 470 but I'm a bit confused between many vendors (Gigabyte, Palit, MSI, EVGA, Asus, Galaxy, Zotac, Sparkle) which one is good ?
Actually i did some search and found that the best are two:
both are similarily priced at 299$ but i could find some reviews on Gigabyte while i coundn't find for MSI.
GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series in hardwarecanucks.com review was very close in performance to stock GTX 480 which is cool but have Confusing & frustrating OC software where i have heard that MSI have better Afterburner OC software
Gigabyte review: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
It is strange that there are apparently no reviews of the MSI GTX470 Twin Frozr II. I can tell you that the MSI GTX465 Twin Frozr II is very quiet and runs very cool. It may even be quieter than the Gigabyte SOC. Having said that, I would go for the Gigabyte SOC for that great factory overclock (you won't need to worry about overclocking then) and the very effective cooler. Both cards use high quality components and I think that these are the two best 470's available.
matto17sec thanks for the reviews
i can see they are pretty close but i think i will go for GTX 470 becuase:
1- GTX 470 can have 3-way SLI i don't know about GTX 465.
2- Gigabyte 470 is giving higher FPS in Exterme resolution 1920x1200 and 2560x1600 in which i'm planning to play at.
i will handle the more heat, noise and price difference
GIGABYTE GPU Gauntlet Sorting
Gigabyte’s proprietary database analysis system evaluates the GPU core engine, shader engine, and memory, and selects the qualified GPU processors for upcoming maximum overclocking ability and stability test using proprietary professional testing toolkit and Graphics benchmark (FurMark and 3DMark Vantage). Final power switching and stability test will pick up those GPUs with the best power efficiency and lowest power consumption, which are qualified for the Super Overclock Series. Thus, the Super Overclock Series have been factory overclocked at optimal stability point (Super OC point), an exact balance between high frequency and efficient power consumption.
Hope I didnt post this to late for you but...
I was having the same conundrum as you the I have been deciding weather to pay the extra 50 $ for the gigabyte 470gtx soc or just going with the evga sc 470gtx (around $240.00 after rebate).So did some research for and here is what I found out the gigabyte soc version has 12 power phases for gpu and 2 for memory apparently most other brands have 4 for gpu and 1 for mem. Gigabyte also use 5 podilizers (film capacitors) instead of 1 this is why they are so good at overclocking ect.. no voltage drops check this out
Plus the hand picked gpu like matto was saying and a few other goodies led voltage indicators ect I personal believe the gigabyte is worth the extra 50 bucks. The only thing that is going to suc for me is i by the time I can afford another one for SLI I have feeling they will be hard to find LOL.
Hope I didnt ramble to much I here that the MSI has a 470GTX tallon twin frozer that is similar to the gigabyte soc but haven't read anything and it mite just be for the 460 gtx so don't take my word on it