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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Zotac GeForce GTX-480 Fermi Video Card
Features and Specifications
NVIDIA GF100 GPU Fermi Architecture
Closer Look: Zotac GeForce GTX480
Video Card Testing Methodology
3DMark Vantage GPU Tests
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
BattleForge Performance
Crysis Warhead Tests
Far Cry 2 Benchmark
Resident Evil 5 Tests
Metro 2033 DX11 Performance
Unigine Heaven Benchmark
NVIDIA APEX PhysX Enhancements
NVIDIA 3D-Vision Effects
GeForce GTX480 Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
Editors Opinion: Fermi GF100
ZOTAC GTX-480 Conclusion

3DMark Vantage GPU Tests

3DMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed to test the DirectX10 graphics card performance. FutureMark 3DMark Vantage is the latest addition the 3DMark benchmark series built by FutureMark corporation. Although 3DMark Vantage requires NVIDIA PhysX to be installed for program operation, only the CPU/Physics test relies on this technology.

3DMark Vantage offers benchmark tests focusing on GPU, CPU, and Physics performance. Benchmark Reviews uses the two GPU-specific tests for grading video card performance: Jane Nash and New Calico. These tests isolate graphical performance, and remove processor dependence from the benchmark results.

3DMark Vantage GPU Test: Jane Nash

Of the two GPU tests 3DMark Vantage offers, the Jane Nash performance benchmark is slightly less demanding. In a short video scene the special agent escapes a secret lair by water, nearly losing her shirt in the process. Benchmark Reviews tests this DirectX-10 scene at 1680x1050 and 1920x1200 resolutions, and uses Extreme quality settings with 8x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering. The 1:2 scale is utilized, and is the highest this test allows. By maximizing the processing levels of this test, the scene creates the highest level of graphical demand possible and sorts the strong from the weak.

3dMark_Vantage_Jane_Nash_Benchmark.jpg

Cost Analysis: Jane Nash (1920x1200)

  • Radeon HD 4890: $13.42 per FPS
  • GeForce GTX 285: $18.33 per FPS
  • Radeon HD 5850: $13.48 per FPS
  • GeForce GTX 470: $15.77 per FPS
  • Radeon HD 5870: $13.54 per FPS
  • GeForce GTX 480: $17.79 per FPS
  • Radeon HD 5970: $17.37 per FPS
  • GeForce GTX480 SLI: $20.12 per FPS
  • 3DMark Vantage GPU Test: New Calico

    New Calico is the second GPU test in the 3DMark Vantage test suite. Of the two GPU tests, New Calico is the most demanding. In a short video scene featuring a galactic battleground, there is a massive display of busy objects across the screen. Benchmark Reviews tests this DirectX-10 scene at 1680x1050 and 1920x1200 resolutions, and uses Extreme quality settings with 8x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering. The 1:2 scale is utilized, and is the highest this test allows. Using the highest graphics processing level available allows our test products to separate themselves and stand out (if possible).

    3dMark_Vantage_New_Calico_Benchmark.jpg

    Cost Analysis: New Calico (1920x1200)

  • Radeon HD 4890: $16.95 per FPS
  • GeForce GTX 285: $25.18 per FPS
  • Radeon HD 5850: $18.02 per FPS
  • GeForce GTX 470: $20.00 per FPS
  • Radeon HD 5870: $17.89 per FPS
  • GeForce GTX 480: $22.32 per FPS
  • Radeon HD 5970: $20.59 per FPS
  • GeForce GTX480 SLI: $23.92 per FPS
  • Test Summary: In terms of frame rate performance, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX480 improves upon the GTX285 it's designed to replace by 61% at 1920x1200 on the New Calico test. The GeForce GTX 480 outperformed the Radeon HD5870 by only 3%, which also offfers a better price point with similar performance. The recent version 1.02 software update and fresh Forceware/Catalyst drivers did not effect 3dMark Vantage tests, and results indicate that this is still a balanced tool for measuring DX10 graphics performance.

    Graphics Card Radeon HD4890 GeForce GTX285 Radeon HD5850 GeForce GTX470 Radeon HD5870 GeForce GTX480 Radeon HD5970
    GPU Cores 800 240 1440 448 1600 480 3200 (1600 per GPU)
    Core Clock (MHz) 850 670 725 608 850 700 725
    Shader Clock (MHz) N/A 1550 N/A 1215 N/A 1401 N/A
    Memory Clock (MHz) 975 1300 1000 837 1200 924 1000
    Memory Amount 1024 MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR3 1024MB GDDR5 1280MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1536MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5
    Memory Interface 256-bit 512-bit 256-bit 320-bit 256-bit 384-bit 512-bit (256-bit per GPU)



     

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    # Other TestsFederico La Morgia 2010-05-13 22:57
    3 x 480 ?
    tests in OC ?
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    # Next Zotac 480 coming soonWW_Dagger 2010-05-26 16:44
    I've set my heart on the recently announced Zotac FTX 480 AMP. This takes the cake! Faster yet quieter, and looks just awesome.
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    # RE: Next Zotac 480 coming soonFederico La Morgia 2010-05-26 22:09
    Point my heart, I would like a Fermi limited to 480 SP, but having the full 512-SP.
    Not only!, I wish to put in dual-GPU as my current GTX 295 and directly to the liquid cooled heat sink with copper entirely!
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    # HD5870Ansuex 2010-09-10 00:32
    Is it just me? or is the 5870 losing less fps when resolution is turned higer compared to the GTX480 or?
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