Summary: Im not win this video card, but the bottom line its a great videocard. When NVIDIA launched the first wave of GF100-based graphics cards in late march, the initial GeForce GTX 400 series line-up consisted of only two cards, the flagship GeForce GTX 480 (reviewed here) and its somewhat less powerful counterpart, the GeForce GTX 470.
Summary: The board is fantastic. I use it with Adobe CS5. Takes a lot of load off my meager processor. One caveat: this board requires at least a 550w power supply. My system wouldn't even acknowledge the board was installed until I replaced 500w PSU with a 600w.
Summary: I am happy with the GTX graphics cards, while its not the top of the line, it does serves the purpose, great speed for games and great card for adobe application specially for video editing using the Adobe Mercury playback engine, exclusively available only on Nvidia's GPU with CUDA cores. Now my video production workflow is a notch higher and Im enjoying my workflow more than ever before.
Summary: I bought this product becuase I needed an upgrade from my lacking 9800 GTX. I wanted to get new features such as dx11 and tessellation. I didn't, however, want to spend a small fortune buying a new card. I have noticed at least a 100% increase in performance when I plugged this card in. The difference between this card and my old 9800 gtx is amazing. This is a very fast card and plays all my games at the maximum settings (lag free) which my old card could not do.
Summary: This GPU is a great value. The reference card runs a bit hot but it can be modded with an aftermarket cooler and over clocked to get performance of a reference GTX 480. If you have the PSU to do it it can be SLI&apos;d to performance surpassing a GTX 580 for a bargain.
Summary: For the price, I can't think of any competition for this card. I use it in a video editing/effects workstation and it's performance so far has been superb. There are faster cards- but bring your wallet. I don't game- but I make some effects for games and I'm sure if it works for me- it'll work for you.
Summary: This the best value in gaming right now. Yeah, yeah, the GTX 5XX series is out, but all that does is make the GTX 400 series priced just right. Now you're getting DX11 power in an affordable price range. And tell people to just hush about the heat. I have it overclocked to 700 core\1400 shader\1750 memory and it doesn't get over 65C while gaming. I think some people don't have enough ventilation to keep this thing cool.
Excerpt: "...is my review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470. When the Fermi series of graphics cards first launched, i was very worried with the amount of heat these put out and of course the massive power draw, compared to the competition (ATI/AMD). Furthermore, the GTX 470 was priced very poorly here (in the UK), retailing at over £300 at launch, which was about the same as a Radeon HD 5870 which was a much better card in terms of performance and efficiency. Since ...
Pros: Performance, price, features and the overclocking headroom (varies from card to card)
Cons: Power usage, heat output, fan louder than 55%