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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 470 OC Edition Review

Author: Michael "SKYMTL" Hoenig
Date: July 4, 2010
Product Name: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 470 OC Edition
 
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Specifications



Back in the introduction we warned you about not expecting too much when it came to clock speeds with this card and you can see why. Gigabyte chose to stick to the reference memory clock speeds for some reason and instead only increased the core clocks by a small amount. When we say small, we mean small: all of a 23Mhz bump. This won’t make a lick of difference when it comes to actual gameplay but there may be some visual increases when it comes to actual charts. To be honest with you, this was actually a bit of a disappointment considering that EVGA was able to increase the clock speeds of both the memory and the engine on their Superclocked+ card.


Packaging & Accessories



Unlike most other board partners, Gigabyte uses what we would call an “upright” box which is actually quite large. In this case the packaging also makes special mention of Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable VGA as well as the North and Central America 3-year warranty which this card comes with. There is also mention of the actual clock speeds which is definitely a departure from what we are used to seeing.


As with all of the other Gigabyte graphics cards we have looked at recently, the GTX 470 OC comes with more than sufficient protection for the card while the accessories are pushed off to the side in their own separate compartment.


These days graphics cards don’t usually come with a massive number of extra games or crazy additions like the used to as companies are trying to trim down their bottom lines. However, in addition to the usual documentation, Molex to 6-pin connectors and VGA to VGA adaptors, it is good to see Gigabyte including a robust four foot mini HDMI to HDMI adaptor. We should also mention that the additional CD is packed with extras like NVIDIA’s Design Garage and Supersonic Sled apps. Give them a try and you won’t be disappointed.
 
 
 

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