Well my Nvidia GTX 470 died on me. This is the first video card I think I’ve had die on me. It just decided to kick the bucket one afternoon while running idle. I could barely get it to display 16 colors at 640×480 after it had it’s aneurism.
The GTX 470 was a good strong card but couldn’t handle some of the new games maxed out anymore. A couple of those games were Call of Duty Ghosts and Dragon Age Inquisition.
I gave in a got me a Nvidia GTX 970. It’s amazing how strong this card is and it’s not even the fastest on the market. For the money it will keep you future proof for a few years pretty easy if you stick to the 1080 resolutions on your computer. The new higher-end video cards are insane powerhouses. They run at multiple teraflops of computing power.
One of these cards easily replaces racks of computers from just a few years ago in computing power comparison. It’s no wonder we can crank out so much CGI magic for movies these days. Just think of rendering servers with even more powerful equivalents to this card running. We are talking 2 to 4 or more of faster versions of these cards cranking away per server. Now just imagine a couple thousand or more of them rendering frame after frame for the latest computer generated scenes and movies. To put this into perspective think of the multimillion dollar Cray supercomputers of times past. Now just realize this, your new video card can compute multitudes faster than the old supercomputers for just $200 to $500. It’s amazing where we are at now for computing power.
Since my 470 is a paperweight now I decided to take it apart and display the board. I love how this hardware is engineered and how it looks. Also, if you’re into salvaging the heat sinks are copper and aluminum a lot of the time and there is a good amount of weight to them so if you get enough of them you should be able to get some descent money out of them. Below is the GTX 470 dissection.