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Gigabyte GTX 470 'Super Overclock' Speeds, Fans

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 23 comments

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.

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    Lamiel , June 3, 2010 1:33 AM
    liquidsnake718the HD5850 OC is superior in price,availability, heat, and preformance in certain programs and games

    Why do people keep going on about a lack of availability on the GTX 400's? They are, and have been for a long time, readily available. As for the heat... Let's look at some GPU history here and put things in perspective. The original reference HD 3870 ran at 92 Celcius when loaded - but the net didn't get flooded with rants about it. But now people are just freaking out over the Fermis because it's the in thing to do. As for the performance? The Fermis offer better minimum framerates, better AA performance and better tessellation performance. I'll gladly admit that the 5850 is an excellent card, but the fanboyism that haunts it's every mention does wear on my patience sometimes.
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    altoidman85 , June 2, 2010 6:48 PM
    This is all well and good but where are the silent piped graphics cards of yesteryear? I have a 9600GT the 8600GTS and 7600GT all from gigabyte and loved each of them... granted they wernt the best performing cards, but I just loved the silence of them no matter what I did. It seems that making silent video cards has taken a back burner especially in the past year or so. Sad...
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    altoidman85 , June 2, 2010 6:48 PM
    This is all well and good but where are the silent piped graphics cards of yesteryear? I have a 9600GT the 8600GTS and 7600GT all from gigabyte and loved each of them... granted they wernt the best performing cards, but I just loved the silence of them no matter what I did. It seems that making silent video cards has taken a back burner especially in the past year or so. Sad...
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    tommysch , June 2, 2010 7:04 PM
    I want one, and I want it now!
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    zorky9 , June 2, 2010 7:16 PM
    altoidman85This is all well and good but where are the silent piped graphics cards of yesteryear? I have a 9600GT the 8600GTS and 7600GT all from gigabyte and loved each of them... granted they wernt the best performing cards, but I just loved the silence of them no matter what I did. It seems that making silent video cards has taken a back burner especially in the past year or so. Sad...

    You'd have to wait for the lower tier models suited for HTPC's and basic computing. These beasts are meant for more graphic intensive applications and games.
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    razercultmember1 , June 2, 2010 7:18 PM
    1000mhz phase change anyone?
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    Gin Fushicho , June 2, 2010 7:23 PM
    Will it compete with a low end GTX480?
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    AMW1011 , June 2, 2010 7:57 PM
    Yeah, that is awesome, I really need one!

    Oh and by the way, the differences between the GTX 470 and 480 hardware wise is a less than 10% decrease, so at the same clocks we should be looking at almost identical performance. Now at 2560x1600 or 1920x1200 with extreme AA the GTX 480 will pull away a bit more thanks to the increased memory and bandwidth. Here's hoping for <$400!
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , June 2, 2010 8:07 PM
    Gin FushichoWill it compete with a low end GTX480?

    low end GTX 480 lol
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    bildo123 , June 2, 2010 9:01 PM
    altoidman85This is all well and good but where are the silent piped graphics cards of yesteryear? I have a 9600GT the 8600GTS and 7600GT all from gigabyte and loved each of them... granted they wernt the best performing cards, but I just loved the silence of them no matter what I did. It seems that making silent video cards has taken a back burner especially in the past year or so. Sad...


    This x100. I got a 4870 awhile back and the thing wasn't bad at idle, but it sounded like a weak hair dryer when gaming, definitely distracting in audio sensitive games (AvP, L4D), so I ended up getting after market cooling, slightly higher temps, but it's relatively silent.
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    ordcestus , June 2, 2010 10:27 PM
    If the price is reasonable, I'll be buying 2 of these
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    manitoublack , June 2, 2010 11:39 PM
    unfortunately these designs dump heat in the case. not cool.
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    liquidsnake718 , June 3, 2010 1:10 AM
    the HD5850 OC is superior in price,availability, heat, and preformance in certain programs and games
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    Lamiel , June 3, 2010 1:26 AM
    Gin FushichoWill it compete with a low end GTX480?

    Low end GTX 480??? There's no such thing.
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    Lamiel , June 3, 2010 1:33 AM
    liquidsnake718the HD5850 OC is superior in price,availability, heat, and preformance in certain programs and games

    Why do people keep going on about a lack of availability on the GTX 400's? They are, and have been for a long time, readily available. As for the heat... Let's look at some GPU history here and put things in perspective. The original reference HD 3870 ran at 92 Celcius when loaded - but the net didn't get flooded with rants about it. But now people are just freaking out over the Fermis because it's the in thing to do. As for the performance? The Fermis offer better minimum framerates, better AA performance and better tessellation performance. I'll gladly admit that the 5850 is an excellent card, but the fanboyism that haunts it's every mention does wear on my patience sometimes.
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    kdashjl , June 3, 2010 1:41 AM
    altoidman85This is all well and good but where are the silent piped graphics cards of yesteryear? I have a 9600GT the 8600GTS and 7600GT all from gigabyte and loved each of them... granted they wernt the best performing cards, but I just loved the silence of them no matter what I did. It seems that making silent video cards has taken a back burner especially in the past year or so. Sad...


    i got the same 8600gts runs pretty hot :p 
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    Regulas , June 3, 2010 1:47 AM
    I would rather have a standard clock and get a GTX 480 instead than run one of these. It's like red lining your engine all the time and wonder why the engine does not last.
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    pyroghozt , June 3, 2010 2:40 AM
    Gin FushichoWill it compete with a low end GTX480?

    You mean standard clocked GTX480 right?
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    False_Dmitry_II , June 3, 2010 3:12 AM
    altoidman85This is all well and good but where are the silent piped graphics cards of yesteryear? I have a 9600GT the 8600GTS and 7600GT all from gigabyte and loved each of them... granted they wernt the best performing cards, but I just loved the silence of them no matter what I did. It seems that making silent video cards has taken a back burner especially in the past year or so. Sad...


    You know that there are some that are at least nearly like that out of the HD 5xxx line, right. At least some of the lower cards anyway.
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    xantek24 , June 3, 2010 4:36 AM
    i can fly to work in that thing :D 
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    getritch , June 3, 2010 5:35 AM
    A 93 mhz overclock is quite impressive for a production graphics card but these things take 3 fans to cool? :p  i'll stick with ATI thanks.
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    showape , June 3, 2010 6:26 AM
    Yah just what we need. Overpriced gtx470 that performs less than the 480, costs similar and makes more noise...
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