Friday, May 21st 2010

EVGA Upgrades GeForce GTX 470 Reference Design

At a time when every NVIDIA board partner is designing catchy non-reference design graphics cards based on the GeForce GTX 470, EVGA applied its wisdom on simply bettering the NVIDIA reference design to make the card look not only better, but also work cooler. Dubbed the EVGA GeForce GTX 470 SuperClocked+, the card has two new features, the High Flow bracket, and a back-plate. The High Flow bracket is merely a bracket with more opening than the reference design one, which allows better ventilation.

The back-plate works as a heatspreader over components on the reverse-side of the PCB, especially drawing heat from the area behind the GPU, it is highly perforated and attracts convectional air-flow. Aside from cooling, the back-plate adds to the card's aesthetics. With SC clock speeds of 625/1250/850 (3402) MHz (core/shader/memory), the EVGA GTX 470 SC+ is priced at $375 on the company's online store.
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39 Comments on EVGA Upgrades GeForce GTX 470 Reference Design

#1
roast
Saw this on the EVGA site yesterday. Its a pretty good idea.
Backplate looks sweeet! If they could change the ref. design of the 480 to have better vents and a backplate, thats a surefire win for EVGA.
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#2
Completely Bonkers
btarunr
The High Flow bracket is merely a bracket with more perforations than the reference design one, which allows better ventilation.


Fewer perforations, but more hole ("open window").

Wow, not much of a breakthrough. Dont we ALL remove those wind blockers and leave them totally open anyway?
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#3
douglatins
Completely Bonkers
http://www.techpowerup.com/img/10-05-21/60b.jpg

Fewer perforations, but more hole ("open window").

Wow, not much of a breakthrough. Dont we ALL remove those wind blockers and leave them totally open anyway?
I wont take a dremel near my 600USD card. Also The Galaxy offering is better. Though i like BP alot
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#4
kid41212003
Should have make it as long as the previous gen high-end card.
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#5
Cold Storm
Battosai
I now know which one I'll have in the next month or so.
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#6
douglatins
Cold Storm
I now know which one I'll have in the next month or so.
Are u buying 3? Because that's only way to get a similar performance to what u have now

Also the HDMI port is empty
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#7
CyberCT
I'd like to see some tests to compare this design vs the old with temps.
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#8
phanbuey
yes because one cant just clip the fins of the "non" high flow bracket with tin snips. :/

it does look nice though
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#9
Animalpak
awesome improvements, now thats is EVGA ! and the card looks very high end.
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#10
phanbuey
should have added another heatpipe to the cooler and have a bigger leafblower fan that spins slower, that would have added value for sure.
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#11
ebolamonkey3
phanbuey
yes because one cant just clip the fins of the "non" high flow bracket with tin snips. :/

it does look nice though
Doesn't that void warranty?
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#12
LAN_deRf_HA
I've been wondering why cards never had brackets like that. If they do this with the 480 I'm def. getting that instead of the Matrix.
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#13
phanbuey
douglatins
I wont take a dremel near my 600USD card. Also The Galaxy offering is better. Though i like BP alot
You do know that the plate is held on my screws... you can take it off to dremel it.

I highly doubt it... but you may be right. It might void the warranty to cut up the back plate.
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#14
Cold Storm
Battosai
douglatins
Are u buying 3? Because that's only way to get a similar performance to what u have now

Also the HDMI port is empty
Blah, a man can just go and play around? I've had my fun with ATI for a min. Let's try something else. Who knows.. My thoughts change as much as my pants..
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#15
phanbuey
Cold Storm
Blah, a man can just go and play around? I've had my fun with ATI for a min. Let's try something else. Who knows.. My thoughts change as much as my pants..
How often do you change your pants?:p
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#16
epicfail
phanbuey
How often do you change your pants?:p
ya wondering the same thing.
my pants only change once or twice a day depending if i have to put my work pants lol.

my thoughs well i dont count that high.
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#17
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Damn, I hope they offer it for seperate purchase so I can put it on my standard GTX470 thats already on its way to me.
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#18
Cold Storm
Battosai
phanbuey
How often do you change your pants?:p
:roll: I was waiting for that.. Anywhere between 4-5 times a day.... I'll leave it at that.. :roll:
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#19
Animalpak
ebolamonkey3
Doesn't that void warranty?
Sure, and if one day you would sell it nobody buys because of the cuts
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#20
LAN_deRf_HA
It was implied by a product manager this is coming in a 480 variant.... wonder why they didn't just bundle the announcements together.
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#21
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
Changing the Ref Design by having a different bracket, How about those with the Current 470 just take that bracket off the card and cut the metal out of it.
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#22
Lionheart
Its a good idea, looks nice too, but need more then just a back plate and bigger ventilation holes, put a copper heatsink on it with a better fan and I will be happy, same with the GTX 480:toast:
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#23
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
CHAOS_KILLA
Its a good idea, looks nice too, but need more then just a back plate and bigger ventilation holes, put a copper heatsink on it with a better fan and I will be happy, same with the GTX 480:toast:
There is a reason that isn't done with any cooler, it would weigh a ton.

Just to give you an idea, if you take a cooler with copper heatpipes, and aluminum fins, that weighs 800g, and use copper fins instead, the weight skyrockets to 1900g...
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#24
Mussels
Moderprator
the backplate is the big improvement, not the vents.
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#25
CyberCT
I should have waited. I havn't played Dirt 2 in a few weeks, and BFBC2 in almost a month. I like this design better.
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