We go hands-on with Gigabyte's next Super Overclock GPU.
Following our spy's peek at the upcoming Super Overclock edition of Gigabyte's take on the GeForce GTX 470, we now have more solid details, plus confirmation's from the company's R&D team on the final clock speeds of this top-tier graphics card.
First up, the core clock is going to be boosted from the stock's 607MHz to the Super Overclock of 700MHz. We're told that there's going to be some additional headroom in some of the cherry-picked GPUs. The memory clock will also be cranked up to an effective 3,480MHz.
The design of this card is unique to Gigabyte, as the company boasts that it has improved upon the reference design in the area of power. This upcoming model, the GV-N470SO-13I, will actually have 12 power phases dedicated to the GPU and two phases for the memory. This is an upgrade over the four phases for the GPU and one for the memory in the reference design, all in an effort to improve the overclockability and stability of the card.
While the triple-fan cooler isn't new, what's different about this design is that the three fans are all placed at slightly different angles to cool their respective, independent heatsinks in an "anti-turbulence" manner. We're also told that the speeds of the three fans are controllable independently (good for DIY control freaks) but that software should take care of that cooling aspect automatically.
Pricing hasn't yet been set, but these beefed up GTX 470s are expected to hit sometime next month.