Sparkle Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 With Custom Cooler Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2010-07-27

Our first hands-on experience with NVIDIA´s Fermi comes from Sparkle GTX 470, a high end video card which we compare a whole bunch of previous and current generation competitors. Is the nextgen from NVIDIA worth the money? Read on to find out.

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Product Features


SPARKLE GeForce GTX 470/465 Graphics Cards Use Solderless Product With Green Process And Free Contact Process Cooling Technology

Ordinary Graphics card cooler more commonly use soldering process with tin-based solder alloys, the soldering tin will melt at a certain temperature, the binding layer is formed between the metal welding parts and tin atoms. When the graphics card starts running, the GPU heat transferred between the cooling metals must pass the soldering medium first. The SPARKLE GeForce GTX 470/465 Graphics Card uses Solderless Product With Green Process, making the cooling metal to fully contact each other, improving the ineffective heat conduction caused by traditional tin soldering and reducing the thermal resistance. Compared with tin soldering used by ordinary graphics card cooler, the Solderless Product With Green Process, has a higher heat transfer efficiency.

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With 5 high-performance copper heat pipes, the SPARKLE GeForce GTX 470/465 Graphics Card uses Free Contact process design, the heat pipes contact the GPU directly. This design allows the heat to transfer to the heat sink rapidly, effectively increasing the heat conduction, the cooling performance was significantly upgraded to maintain the stability of the system which is running efficiently.

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In the actual full loading / idle tests, compared with GeForce GTX 470/465 graphics cards using ordinary cooling fan on market, the working temperatures of SPARKLE GeForce GTX 470/465 Graphics Card is reduced by 5 degrees / 3 degrees.

Unlike the standard fan design on the GeForce GTX 470/465 reference card, the SPARKLE GeForce GTX 470/465 Graphics Card introduces the turbine thruster concept with large diameter 80x15 cooling fan that can produce stronger wind pressure during operation and quickly remove excess heat. Using the built-in PWM Technology, the fan automatically adjusts its rotational speed according to load balance for an even more effective reduction of noise during operation.

Because the automatic fan speed adjustment, during actual tests, SPARKLE GeForce GTX 470/465 Graphics Card has 6% lower than the working noise of the GeForce GTX 470/465 graphics cards using the reference cooling fan on the market.

Microsoft® DirectX® 11 Support

DirectX 11 GPU with Shader Model 5.0 support designed for ultra high performance in the new API’s key graphics feature, GPU-accelerated tessellation.

NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ Surround Ready

Expand your games across three displays in full stereoscopic 3D for the ultimate “inside the game” experience with the power of NVIDIA 3D Vision and SLI technologies. NVIDIA® Surround™ also supports triple screen gaming with non-stereo displays.

Interactive Ray Tracing

By tracing the path of light through a 3D scene, ray tracing uses the power of the GPU to create spectacular, photo-realistic visuals. Get a glimpse into the future of gaming with ray tracing.

3-way NVIDIA SLI® Technology

Industry leading 3-way NVIDIA SLI technology offers amazing performance scaling by implementing 3-way AFR (Alternate Frame Rendering) for the world’s premier gaming solution under Windows 7 with solid, state-of-the-art drivers.

NVIDIA PhysX® Technology

Full support for NVIDIA PhysX technology, enabling a totally new class of physical gaming interaction for a more dynamic and realistic experience with GeForce.

NVIDIA CUDA™ Technology

CUDA technology unlocks the power of the GPU’s processor cores to accelerate the most demanding tasks such as video transcoding, physics simulation, ray tracing, and more, delivering incredible performance improvements over traditional CPUs.

32x Anti-aliasing Technology

Lightning fast, high-quality anti-aliasing at up to 32x sample rates obliterates jagged edges.

NVIDIA® PureVideo® HD Technology

The combination of high-definition video decode acceleration and post-processing that delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise image scaling for movies and video.

PCI Express 2.0 Support

Designed for the new PCI Express 2.0 bus architecture offering the highest data transfer speeds for the most bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications, while maintaining backwards compatibility with existing PCI Express motherboards for the broadest support.

Dual-link DVI Support

Able to drive industry’s largest and highest resolution flat-panel displays up to 2560x1600 and with support for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP).

HDMI 1.3a Support

Fully integrated support for HDMI 1.3a including xvYCC, deep color, and 7.1 digital surround sound.
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