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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

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

The Battlefield franchise has been known to demand a lot from PC graphics hardware. DICE (Digital Illusions CE) has incorporated their Frostbite-1.5 game engine with Destruction-2.0 feature set with Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 features destructible environments using Frostbit Destruction-2.0, and adds gravitational bullet drop effects for projectiles shot from weapons at a long distance. The Frostbite-1.5 game engine used on Battlefield: Bad Company 2 consists of DirectX-10 primary graphics, with improved performance and softened dynamic shadows added for DirectX-11 users.

At the time Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was published, DICE was also working on the Frostbite-2.0 game engine. This upcoming engine will include native support for DirectX-10.1 and DirectX-11, as well as parallelized processing support for 2-8 parallel threads. This will improve performance for users with an Intel Core-i7 processor. Unfortunately, the Extreme Edition Intel Core i7-980X six-core CPU with twelve threads will not see full utilization.

In our benchmark tests of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the first three minutes of action in the single-player raft night scene are captured with FRAPS. Relative to the online multiplayer action, these frame rate results are nearly identical to daytime maps with the same video settings.

Battlefield-Bad-Company-2_Benchmark.jpg

The Frostbite-1.5 game engine in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 appears to equalize our test set of video cards, and despite AMD's sponsorship of the game it still plays well using any brand of graphics card.

Cost Analysis: Battlefield: Bad Company 2

  • Radeon HD 4890: $6.25 per FPS
  • GeForce GTX 285: $7.29 per FPS
  • Radeon HD 5850: $5.96 per FPS
  • GeForce GTX 470: $7.78 per FPS
  • Radeon HD 5870: $6.29 per FPS
  • GeForce GTX 480: $6.58 per FPS
  • Radeon HD 5970: $8.05 per FPS
  • GeForce GTX480 SLI: $9.09 per FPS
  • Test Summary: In Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the GeForce GTX480 improves upon the GTX285 by nearly 59% while beating the ATI Radeon HD5870 by 23%. Additionally, only 9 FPS separate the GTX480 and the dual-GPU Radeon HD4970. At $6.58 per FPS, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 480 is also very competitive on price.

    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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