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Written by Olin Coles   
Friday, 14 May 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Zotac GeForce GTX-470 Fermi Video Card
Features and Specifications
NVIDIA GF100 GPU Fermi Architecture
Closer Look: Zotac GeForce GTX470
Video Card Testing Methodology
3DMark Vantage GPU Tests
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
BattleForge Performance
Crysis Warhead Tests
Far Cry 2 Benchmark
Resident Evil 5 Tests
Metro 2033 DX11 Performance
Unigine Heaven Benchmark
NVIDIA APEX PhysX Enhancements
NVIDIA 3D-Vision Effects
GeForce GTX470 Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
Editors Opinion: Fermi GF100
ZOTAC GTX-470 Conclusion

Zotac GeForce GTX-470 ZT-40201-10P

It used to be that PC video games such as Crysis and Far Cry 2 were as demanding as you could get, but that was all back before DirectX-11 brought tessellation and to the forefront of graphics. DX11 now adds heavy particle and turbulence effects to video games, and titles such as Metro 2033 demand the most powerful graphics processing available. NVIDIA's GF100 GPU is their first graphics processor to support DirectX-11 features such as tessellation and DirectCompute, and the GeForce GTX-470 offers an excellent combination of performance and value for games like Battlefield: Bad Company 2 or BattleForge.

Priced at $349, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX-470 empowers DirectX-11 video games to deliver unmatched geometric realism from 14 Streaming Multiprocessors with a total of 448 CUDA Cores and 56 Texture Units. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests 3D frame rate performance on the retail Zotac GeForce GTX-470 video card (model ZT-40201-10P), and compare the results against the most powerful graphics products on the market.

Based on the same GF-100 Fermi architecture that was used in the GeForce GTX 480, the NVIDIA GTX-470 delivers similar performance results yet costs 43% less. Additionally, the GTX-470's $350 price tag fits in nicely between the $310 Radeon HD5850 and $390 Radeon HD5870. In the following pages, Benchmark Reviews will demonstrate how well the ZOTAC GeForce GTX-470 performs against these two formidable opponents from ATI.


ZOTAC GeForce GTX 470 Video Card Kit ZT-40201-10P

At the center of every new technology is purpose, and NVIDIA has designed their Fermi GF100 GPU with an end-goal of redefining the video game experience through significant graphics processor innovations. Disruptive technology often changes the way users interact with computers, and the GeForce GTX-480 and GTX-470 video cards are complex tools built to arrive at one simple destination: immersive entertainment, especially when paired with NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision.

Benchmark Reviews tests graphics frame rate performance of the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 470 using several of the most demanding PC video game titles and benchmark software available. Old favorites such as Crysis Warhead, Far Cry 2, Resident Evil 5, as well as PCMark Vantage are all included. New to the scene are Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Metro 2033, BattleForge, and the recently announced Unigine Heaven 2.0 benchmark.

About the Company: ZOTAC International (MCO) Limited

ZOTAC International (MCO) Limited was established in 2006 with a mission to deliver superb quality of NVIDIA graphic solutions to the industry. It has strong backup from parent group, PC Partner Ltd. Headquartered in Hong Kong, factory in mainland China and regional sales offices in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America. The support ZOTAC provides is currently the largest of its kind around the world.

With 40 SMT lines, 6,000 workers and 100,000 square-feet meter, ZOTAC features a full array of state-of-the-art facilities and machinery. In addition, ZOTAC has over 130 R&D professionals in Hong Kong, China and warranty and service center in strategic countries to enable effective and efficient worldwide as well as localized sales and marketing supports.

ZOTAC with NVIDIA not only means superb quality, it also means high performance, absolute reliability and great value. In the past year, ZOTAC was compared and tested by several influential members in the media and have proven its products are good quality, worth-to-buy graphic cards in the market. With the product features of overclocked performance, excellent cooling properties and unique packaging ZOTAC products definitely exceed users' expectations.

ZOTAC's commitment to our user is to bring the latest products quickly to the market with the best value. Doubtless to say ZOTAC is the right choice for those who require high-quality graphic solutions. For additional information please visit the ZOTAC website



# Other testsFederico La Morgia 2010-05-13 22:56
2 x 470 ?
3 x 470 ?
470 in OC and repeat (2 x 470) && (3 x 470) with OC :)
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# Unreasonable...Olin Coles 2010-05-14 07:01
@ Federico: As much as you might be interested, it's not realistic for anyone to actually own more than one Fermi video card. That's only the first issue... because the second is actually getting ahold of more test samples. EVGA for example, has allocated all samples to sales, and none to marketing.
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# very reasonableFederico La Morgia 2010-05-23 21:35
I personally like to see this technology scale from 1 to 3 cards with 470 and 1 to 4 cards with the 480, since the latest beta nvidia drivers, 4-way mode is enabled on 480.
It would be interesting to see though with a bit of modding the driver can enable the 4-way, including on the GTX 470.
3/4-way solutions for people who are Fermi 2 x 5970 is not enough to play? :)
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# Durp.Adam 2010-05-14 03:50
Yeah because getting hold of 3 fermi's is REALLY easy at the moment isnt it? Not to mention how affordable they are.
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# RE: Zotac GeForce GTX-470 Fermi Video CardJack 2010-05-23 18:45
Yes, agreed on the twin 470's ... let's compare the two $700 solutions. Can getting twin 470's be that much harder than twin 480's ?
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# Very HappyHappy 2010-07-11 16:48
I bought a ZT-20109-10P (GTS 250) for my OLD Computer the other day - it's measly 300W Power Supply could not take a bigger card!

I have you beat for $/uP - I got mine for $100 off, so I only paid $50 !

Thank you Big Box Retailer,
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# RE: Zotac GeForce GTX-470 Fermi Video CardSurajit Halder 2011-03-27 22:27
Hello. Can i use cooler master xtreme power plus 600 watt for zotac gtx 470
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# RE: RE: Zotac GeForce GTX-470 Fermi Video CardOlin Coles 2011-03-28 07:26
It's probably safe to use a 600W PSU, but you should tell us what the rest of your power-consuming hardware will be.
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