This card is a record breaker. It is not without caveats, though, when compared to the Radeon HD 5850. The 5850 is the closest competition that this card has. The good news, and the bottom line for many gamers, is that the GTX 470 is faster. It also has newer geometry tech built into it. This capability has yet to be realized though. The HD 5850 takes its honors in the heat and noise department. It is also an older card than the GTX 470, so the price is somewhat lower. I’ll take my newer tech and faster speeds offered in the GTX 470, and my EVGA brand loyalty along with it.
Above, you can see all three Nvidia cards from our EVGA round-up. With any card you choose, EVGA is a great buy. If you are not familiar with the company, you should know that they have good service/support and a very active community. My last 4 video cards were theirs.
Register your card within 30 days and you get a lifetime warranty on the card. My Geforce 8800GTS died after 2 years, so I shipped it back and got a brand new one for the cost of shipping. Another bonus is the EVGA step up program, available for 90 days after purchase. If you want to upgrade, you can ship your current card back and upgrade to a better one. You only pay the difference between what you originally paid and the new card’s price.
That’s all, folks! I hope you found some useful nuggets of intel here. If you found this article helpful, let me know by leaving a comment. If you missed it, you can view the other 2 cards from the series here: GTS 250 65nm Solid Review, GTX 260 Core 216 55nm Solid Review