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Written by Olin Coles   
Friday, 26 March 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Fermi Video Card
Features and Specifications
NVIDIA GF100 GPU Fermi Architecture
Closer Look: 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
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat
Unigine Heaven Benchmark
NVIDIA APEX PhysX Enhancements
NVIDIA 3D-Vision Effects
GeForce GTX480 Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
Editors Opinion: Fermi GF100
GeForce GTX-480 Conclusion

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Video Card Review

PC video game enthusiasts have depended on two companies to deliver graphics power for their computer system: NVIDIA and ATI. While it's convenient for NVIDIA to enjoy fan favoritism for the past decade, ATI has recently enjoyed strong sales and a decisive head-start on the growing DirectX-11 consumer market over the past six months (as evidenced by our unbelievably long list of recent video card reviews). The ATI Radeon HD 5000 series has earned AMD new respect, but many inside the industry have impatiently waited on NVIDIA to respond with their fabled GF100 Fermi DX11 architecture. At long last, NVIDIA's Fermi is a reality.

At the center of every new technology is purpose, and NVIDIA has designed their Fermi GF100 GPU with an end-goal of redefining the video game experience through significant graphics processor innovations. Disruptive technology often changes the way users interact with computers, and the GeForce GTX-480 graphics card is a complex tool built to arrive at one simple destination: immersive entertainment. Priced at $499, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 empowers DirectX-11 video games to deliver unmatched geometric realism. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests 3D frame rate performance of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 480, and demonstrates how well Fermi architecture fits in with GeForce 3D Vision.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Video Card

TSMC, the largest semiconductor foundry on the planet, has had a great deal of difficulty shrinking their business. Originally intended to feature 512 CUDA cores, NVIDIA was faced with limited yields from TSMC, and decided to end the consumers wait and offer gamers and PC hardware enthusiasts a 480-core solution. Some readers may recall that AMD reacted to their yield crisis differently, and decided it would look better to announce a product with extremely-limited quantities. While this tactic works well for review samples and a pretty press release, NVIDIA knows that gamers want to actually own the video card... not just read about it.

NVIDIA presents to us the GeForce GTX-480 graphics card. Powered by 48 ROPs and 480 unified CUDA (shader) cores, the GF100 Fermi GPU has 3.2-billion transistors to help process DirectX-11 commands and render some of the most detailed graphics ever seen on the PC platform. Tessellation is the word for 2010, and DX11 brings movie-quality graphics to life on consumer-level video games.

Benchmark Reviews tests graphics frame rate performance of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 using several of the most demanding PC video game titles and benchmark software available. Old favorites such as Crysis Warhead, Far Cry 2, Resident Evil 5, and PCMark Vantage are all included. New to the scene are Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Stalker: Call of Pripyat, BattleForge, and the recently announced Unigine Heaven 2.0 benchmark.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Since testing NVIDIA's engineering sample for this article, we've received retail GeForce GTX-480 products that perform the same but require less power and produce less heat and noise. Read more in our Zotac GeForce GTX-480 Fermi Video Card review, which also includes SLI performance results.

About NVIDIA Corporation:

NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA) is the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, a high-performance processor which generates breathtaking, interactive graphics on workstations, personal computers, game consoles, and mobile devices. NVIDIA serves the entertainment and consumer market with its GeForce products, the professional design and visualization market with its Quadro products, and the high-performance computing market with its Tesla products. These products are transforming visually-rich and computationally-intensive applications such as video games, film production, broadcasting, industrial design, financial modeling, space exploration, and medical imaging.NVIDIA_Black_Square_3D_Logo_250px.jpg

NVIDIA Product Lines

GeForce - GPUs dedicated to graphics and video.
Desktop and notebook PCs equipped with GeForce GPUs deliver unparalleled performance, crisp photos, high-definition video playback, and ultra-realistic games. GeForce notebook GPUs also include advanced power management technology to deliver high performance without sacrificing battery life.

Quadro - A complete range of professional solutions engineered to deliver breakthrough performance and quality.
Certified for all leading professional graphics applications. #1in professional graphics segment share. NVIDIA Quadro Plex is the industry's first dedicated visual computing system (VCS).

Tesla - A massively-parallel multi-threaded architecture for high-performance computing problems.
A dedicated, high-performance GPU computing solution that brings supercomputing power to any workstation or server and to standard, CPU-based server clusters. Tesla delivers a 128-processor computing core per GPU, C-language development environment for the GPU, and a suite of developer tools - allowing users to develop applications faster and to deploy them across multiple generations of processors. It also can be used in tandem with multi-core CPU systems to create a scalable computing solution that fits seamlessly into existing workstation or IT infrastructures.



# Bummer!Robert 2010-03-26 15:41
It offers some great speed frames but at a huge cost to power and temperatures. That's a total bummer, both for casual and non-casual gamers alike! =(
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# RE: Bummer!SiliconDoc 2010-06-21 20:45
So you expect casual gamers to buy a $499 videocard ? You expect non-casual gamers with their massive systems to worry about:
1. power useage, when they inevitably use a lot of power sucking add ons - printers, joysticks, and multiple monitors ?
HOW STUPID does a noob have to be to whine about power from one component ? PRETTY STUPID.
2. fan noise... as they crank their speakers to maximum, enjoy the 3D sound environment, or have their headphones on while they scream into the mic about who they just fragged to their teammates.
3. Heat... after years of reviews and building systems and selling, not once have I seen some idiot post that any card they were using expired from H E A T.
It's always some notional crazed ati fanboy geek preening about saving the earth,or wailing about less electricity cost than they jam down their throats in cheetoes and soda in a single frag session.
AVOID high end cards, and get yer $299 netbook tweaked for Pogo online.
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# HEATDr.Unk 2010-06-22 05:01
I don't know how many computer you work with but I have worked with several computer that have fried graphics cards...because of heat. To be fair, there have been 2 NV cards and 2 ATI cards. From NV I had an 8800 GT die which I blame dell for because they had no ventilation for the poor thing. The other NV card was a 6600 that had the fan wire get cut some how so the fan didn't spin. The ATI cards had no excuse. They just straight up fried. They both had good ventilation and no other problems to speak of. So, heat can fry a card but NV cards seem to handle it a lot better in my experience.
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# You're a bit naffAaron 2010-06-26 07:13
I've had two ATI 4870x2 cards fry in three months, because of heat issues... all whilst running at default clocks in a well ventilated case. The bloody things just can't handle very high resolutions at very high settings and, rather than degrade gracefully, they go tits up. These cards, from both vendors, are NOT made well and you bloody well should care about heat.
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# opinionjohn 2010-03-26 16:18
just read the hole review , just wanted to say great work ,
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# Go back 3 spaces try againDavid Noneya 2010-03-26 16:39
Wow it looks like the enquier as bias as it could be is right, power hungry, hot, a fan that can take 1.8 amps, hi end fans are .8 amps but it does take a good fan to cool a power hungry toaster I own a GTX 295 I wont be swaping it for fermi the gains are to poor heat and power usage are bad. Nvidia I'm sure is designing its replacement now ant it wont be Fermi related. On a positive note nice try.
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# Blazing fastTomS 2010-03-26 17:16
Holy smokes this card is blazing fast. This thing with just 1 gpu smokes most of ATI's Flagship 5970 dual gpu scores! It's also supposed to be up to 2.5X faster in tessellation than ATI's latest gpu. Can't wait to see in game characters like the warcraft promo movies. Woo Hoo !!!!
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# Blazing HotWilliam 2010-03-27 21:23

I don't see "blazing fast" anywhere, but I see "blazing hot" as a better descriptor. In games the 5970 is still killing it, and using about 70 watts less power. I would have to choose a 5970 over this new nVidia card at the moment. We waited, and waited, and all we got was a campfire that needs a lot of wood to burn.
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# ObjectivelyJ.M 2010-05-12 15:11
If you look at it objectively, it is pretty hot. However, it is doing pretty good as a single GPU against a dual gpu like the 5970. It is also priced between the 5870 and the 5970 which is about right for the amount of performance you see here. Also, you can see that it overtakes the 5970 on at least one of the games. This is something you don't see the 5870 doing at all.

The heat is pretty bad however. Nvidia says that they tested the gpu on that load heat extensively.

The other problems that the 5970 has is microstuttering. They've done an analysis that shows spikes even when vsync is turned on. Aside from heat and power consumption, the 480 is a pretty decent choice in gaming hardware. People who've left reviews of it on newegg have said that it isn't as loud as people make it out to be.
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# ES vs RetailOlin Coles 2010-05-12 15:20
The media received engineering samples, which run hotter than final retail versions of the GTX 480. Retail products consume a little less power, operate slightly cooler, and make less noise. See here:
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# PowerUser!nt300 2010-03-28 08:18
What the, R U joking? why not try reading the whole review before making false claims like that. The GTX 480 is nowhere near the performance of the HD 5970 according to 15 internet review sites.
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# RE: PowerUser!nt300 2010-03-28 08:19
Woop's I posted the wrong reply to the wrong person. Sorry...
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# RE: RE: PowerUser!nt300 2010-03-28 08:20
No I got it right, I was refering to TomS crapy post lol.
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Fermi Video CardJustin 2010-03-26 22:06
An excellent review Olin. To be honest, I hoped for a little more. The performance increase is welcome, but admittedly expected. What isn't, however, are the temps and power consumption. Granted 1000W+ PSUs are cheap enough today, but still 700W+ for a single card system is ridiculous. I'm looking forward to seeing how GTX470 stacks up against HD5850. Keep up the good work!
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# 470 vs 5850Sean 2010-03-27 11:43
Saw a review for those two and the 5850 came out on top for everything.
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# Sure it did.SiliconDoc 2010-04-02 22:35
In your red rooster dreams.
With those two the ati card gets stomped on every level, and the 470 beats the reds bigger brother often enough.
All the bleating red roosters won't stop the awesome NV sales numbers.
For now, it's red rooster cry and lie time.
Stomp the three toed chicken feet, and bleat like a mad modder, and all for nought, the SUPERSTOMP has already occurred, and no amount of red rooster bs can change that. (you probably believe yourself to keep from weeping)
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# Fanboy time :DDr.Unk 2010-04-06 14:58
I think what NV did is great besides the heat. What I don't think is great is fanboy time and calling ATI fans names. That's below any person with any form of respect.
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# You misunderstood me...Dr.Unk 2010-06-21 12:36
SiliconDoc, you misunderstood. I did not say you have no form of respect I was just saying that the name calling thing is so below you. You seem smart...very passionate about this stuff, but smart. I understand the angry reaction to someone not telling the whole story but surely you can see the see the error in reacting just as biased opposite to what the other person believes. It then just becomes an arms race of BS and since you can talk above many people, you think you've won when really, the numbers speak for themselves.
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# PAssmark software???UNknown 2013-06-04 08:55
has anyone heard of PAssmark? the Radeon HD 5970 has a score of 2633,while the GeForce GTX 480 has a score of 4333???/ out performs???? LOL you can not just go off Processor speed noob.
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# awsomedk 2010-03-27 06:11
would love to see a benchmark comparing cuda encoding with mediacoder
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# Power consumptionrarchimedes 2010-03-27 06:36
I believe there is a possible error in computation of the power usage for the card. If the CPU is at max TDP when the GPU is at max TDP, that would add quite a bit of power usage to the CPU, which has a TDP of someplace between 120-130 watts.
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# Power is correctOlin Coles 2010-03-27 13:49
rarchimedes: You are wrong. Why would CPU usage be at maximum TDP when FurMark is a GPU-dependant test? For reference, our tests showed that only one out of eight CPU threads was even utilized by this tool. Furthermore, the same tool and system have been used to test power consumption on all video cards.

You should go test for yourself before trying to discredit somebody else's hard work.
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# out of whackMerty_boy 2010-03-28 05:00
This review is at massive odds to other sites. Best performace to price ratio, hmmm me thinks not. Most ppl are gonna have to factor the cost of a psu into the upgrade too (and it'll have to be a good one).
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# POWER USER!nt300 2010-03-28 08:43
Here?s the problem with the GTX 480 just to name a few: (470 is no better)?
- Always hits 97C regardless of case cooling when gaming.
- Super LOUD Fan (65db?s +/- 2db).
- Never buy without Lifetime Warranty (source: Anantech)
- 10% to 15% faster in some cases vs. HD 5870 (source: 15+ review sites)
- Price/Performance stinks beyond belief (source: 15+ review sites)
- 250W is complete BS, its 300W+, NVIDIA lied (source: Toms Hardware)
- Nvidia's Fermi GTX480 is Broken, Unfixable, Hot, Slow, Late and Un-manufacturable.
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Fermi Video Cardnoob use 2010-03-29 09:10
u say nvidia didnt done a thing... r u a noob ???????

this card has a single gpu and differnce between it and the 5970(2 gpu)
is only a 4 to 8 frames only the nivdia is a single u noob :S
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# DotMeh 2010-03-29 14:02
Sure it's a single GPU, but it comes at a double GPU price. Nvidia loves charging premiums and ripping off its fan base.
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# so dissapointedjons 2010-03-29 12:52
what a joke.
nvidia can shove this up their ass. whats the point of this failure card?
wow its a little faster then the hd5970.
no where near fast enough. its sad
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# RE: so dissapointedMike M 2010-03-30 09:54
YOu correct, but the HD 5970 is the fastest graphics card out right now so I don't know why NVIDIA FANbOys are making # up, GTX 480 is nowhere near the speed of the HD 5970, and NVIDIA will not be coming out with a Dual Fermi card because it's too bloody F**ing hot.
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# tier 3 techUNknown 2013-06-04 08:51
yes, the gxt 480 runs hot, but not as hot as the gtx 260/280 but as of 4 june 2013, the gtx 480 falls in the top 15 fastest cards on the planet and even out performs the Gtx 560ti. you little noobs out there know SH!% you ATI punks need to know that INTEL and Nvidia will always out perform AMD/ATI(known now as AMD) even to this day they're only four AMD card that are faster then the 480 and ten Nvidia cards.
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# nothingnick 2010-03-31 01:09
yeah, the 5970 is a dual core card, wait for nvidia to release a dual core card and then compare it.
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# RE: nothingMike M 2010-03-31 05:50
Not correct, it all has to do with Price/Performance regardless whether its Dual-GPU or not. I don't see a Dual-GPU Fermi anytime soon, can you imagine the amount of power that sucker would need let alone the heat output. NVIDIA won't do such a think and the 470 is no better, that too runs way too hot and sucks back power like there's no tomorrow.
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# *ARTICLE UPDATE*Olin Coles 2010-03-29 14:05
Priced at $499.99 each, NewEgg currently lists: the ASUS ENGTX480, EVGA 015-P3-1480-AR, MSI N480GTX-M2D15, Gigabyte GV-N480D5-15I-B, Zotac ZT-40101-10P and even the PNY VCGGTX480XPB. (Links are on conclusion page)

Perhaps by coincidence XFX and BFG are not listing the GeForce GTX 480 at NewEgg; and are the only manufacturers to offer a lifetime product warranty.
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# RE: *ARTICLE UPDATE*Mike M 2010-03-30 09:52
No, the reason why XFX and BFG is not listing them is because they can't get any of them. Fermi is in a super tight supply. It's bad enough NVIDIA is losing money for every one they sell. OEM's don't even want them, they are too hot, 95C +. WTF,
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# Fanboys = dillweedJames.Q 2010-05-12 15:24
Why don't you try verifying your comments before you post them instead of looking like a dillweed online?

Check here:
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# REPLYDino 2010-03-29 20:15
Hey! GTX480 seems to be slower than ATI 5970, eventhough it is a single GPU you must imagine the SPEED of the card. Why should I buy this card while this card is not the fastest.

YOU MUST BUY A V-CARD by it's speed not by the it's MONO gpu property. as what NVIDIA said before "Two is Better than One" on their SLI motto.
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# REPLYDino 2010-03-29 20:26
NVIDIA must take dual GPU GTX480 to compete ATI 5970.

The merge of AMD and ATI gives ATI a larger R&D division and have an independent fabs while NVIDIA uses a fabs by TSMC to produce GPU's.

ATI before was a Buggy Videocard Manufaturer making color shifts on my monitor and now becoming a hard competitor of NVIDIA
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# REPLYDino 2010-03-29 20:30
ATI will soon produce 22nm GPU's after the new 22nm will be done.

Another Comment:
Intel must buy NVIDIA to beat the One and hard competitor AMD
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# GTX 480 sucks Big Time!!!Mike M 2010-03-30 09:49
This piece of junk can't render my #ing balls let alone a video game. Fermi is broken, why in hell would you want a card that runs more than 70C in idle mode, sounds like a jet engine and sucks pack more power than a #ing Nuclear Power Plant. No Thank You, just can't wait for ATI's re-fresh further slaughters this pile of NVIDIA junk.

Anybody buying this piece of garbage is pure NVIDIA FANbOy LOL
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# ATI's spooge in your eyesR7 2010-05-12 15:28
Seriously, did you even try to look at the actual information? It's 50c idle not 70. It beat the 5970 on one game and is close to it on other games. It practically beat the 5870 on all games.

People who buy it want the fastest single gpu but will have to factor in heat and power consumption. They wouldn't be fanboys as only fanboys buy from one company and ignore facts so they can diss the competition. Like what you did.
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# 480trajan 2010-03-30 14:40
Great review! I've read several that show it smoking the 5870 and it's only going to get better and faster as the year goes on. Great new tech. Great image quality, great extras, great driver team. By the end of the year Fermi 2 will crush ATI like bug under a tire.
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Fermi Video Cardsülo 2010-03-30 16:36
GTX 480 delivers nearly the same performance if not worse as HD 5870 while it's nearly 2x hotter/louder and consumes 170W more power
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# What review did you read?Olin Coles 2010-03-30 17:15
"GTX 480 delivers nearly the same performance if not worse as HD 5870 while it's nearly 2x hotter/louder and consumes 170W more power"

Based on what? It wasn't this article, because the GTX 480 beat the Radeon HD5870 by an average of 25%.
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# 480gtx vs HD5970Alex 2010-03-30 17:20
If you pay $750+ for HD 5970 don't you think it should be better than a $500 480gtx one? you should also consider that the 480gtx is a more recent product than the 5970 so with new drivers it should get better but that wont help the power consumption or the heat coming out of it. Remember that 480gtx is a single interface memory and not a dual as of the 5970 so anything that is dual should be better when comparing recent products. So basically anyone buying a 5970 would be paying $200+ over a 480gtx so i don't know why people complains when obviously if you pay more for something it should be better in most cases.

480gtx HD5970
Single 1.5gb memory basically dual 1gb(2gb) memory
Core Clock 725MHz Core Clock 725MHz
Memory Interface 384bit Memory Interface(256 x 2)-bit
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# RE: 480gtx vs HD5970nt300 2010-03-31 18:22
It is, the HD 5970 runs circles around the GTX 480, don't know what you've been smoking but ATI is still king right now. It all has to do with price/performance and currently both HD 5970 and GTX 480 are selling for RIP-OFF prices! But at least the HD 5970 runs cooler and sucks back a lot less power and is much more quiet than that power plant sucking GTX 480...
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# RE: RE: 480gtx vs HD5970Alex 2010-04-01 10:55
That's exactly why you are paying $250 more for the 5970 price/performance.
$250 for more memory, less heat, less noise, less power consumption.
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# RE: RE: RE: 480gtx vs HD5970Alex 2010-04-01 10:58
just to add to my last post do you think its worth it? to pay $250 just for that. I rather stay with my 295gtx than to upgrade at the moment.
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Fermi Video Cardnick 2010-03-31 01:19
to me, 93*c under full load is too hot - it was mentioned in the review that it reached 100*c, if the threshold is 105*c wtf is going on? it wont last long under those temperatures. Another thing; what do you need all those frame rates for? future proof? # that, i'd save my $1000au and get something cheaper, because in a year or two, this card wont be as good as it seems and it will no longer be "future proof" the frame rates of a gtx285 gives is more than enough for now. My advice depending on your current card is to save your money, either get something cheaper, or wait a while before you upgrade - if your in no rush to do so.

my gtx 285 will do the job for a while to come, to me, when im running at 50fps+ why on earth would i need to run 90% faster? its a waste of money.
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Fermi Video Cardnick 2010-03-31 01:20
just to add to my last post; it reached 100*c in a well ventilated case...
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# RE: RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Fermi Video Cardnt300 2010-03-31 18:19
Hope you got lifetime Warranty on that BBQ 480 card lol, that is nuts 100C WOW...
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Fermi Video Cardnick 2010-03-31 01:28
what do you mean it improves over the gtx285 often by over 300% ? wtf are they on about? its like 90% in most cases...
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Fermi Video Cardftw 2010-03-31 20:44
they did it again NVIDIA FTW
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# RE: RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Fermi Video CardAlex Jones 2010-04-01 12:43
Yes, this time Nvidia lost the round. Maybe in 2011 they will come back, but right now they've lost.
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# ATI Radeon HD 6870 out for Q1 2011Nick 2010-04-09 22:08
I've heard AMD plans on releasing its new GPU design built from the ground up sometime in Q1 2011 code name Northern Islands based on 28nm process. They may be a few early releases for Q4 2010. This is all according to an AMD engineer. So NVIDIA better get busy with Fermi and get it fixed because wispers state that ATI's next gen card is going to be between 75% to 150% faster than it's current HD 5800 cards.
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# ATI Hybrid Code Name: Southern IslandsATI Boy!!! 2010-04-05 18:39
Fermi 1 & 2 Killer!!!
Despite the 40nm process, three key features that will be based on Evergreen have been put on steroids. Please observe bellow:

- 40nm Process
- 2400 Stream Processing Units (1)
- 256 Texture Address Units (2)
- 128 ROPs (Rasterization Operator Units) (3)

AMD plans to differentiate this re-fresh line from the past HD 4890 naming sceme due to its architectural changes. So don't expect the name HD 5890.

Though we will see an improvement in Tessellation, it?s not highly emphasised in Southern Islands (SI). You can look for this feature being greatly improved in code name Northern Islands.

ATI Code Name called ?Hecatoncheires? is something that will feature a series of technological advancements never heard of in the GPU industry. You will never find any information about this special architecture due to is being extremely top secret.
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# U have any proof of this info?Nick 2010-04-09 22:09
Do you have a link or something? Its hard to believe somebody from ATI would post this much detailed info let alone any info on a forum about upcoming graphics cards lol.
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# Jim 2010-04-11 10:16
Can't help it, Somehow this card has the same stink as the 5800 Ultra
Overpriced, Too hot , Too loud , Too late
NVIDIA have definatly being spanked this time!

In Australia gtx 480 is currently retaling for around $900 .
Yet the 5970 is the same price .I know which card I'll be buying.
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Fermi Video Cardsholich 2010-04-14 07:34
first: nvidia never give dual gtx480 in a board.
second: need 370 watt! bom power.
third: price.

i think amd hd 5870 the winner in single gpu. but if the cuda implement c++ is the +++, what do u think?
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# Seems great for CUDAJJA 2010-04-19 19:52
This card its too hot, take too much power but I guess it gets its calculations RIGHT and FAST. So, for people who are not gamers but need this will love it. For us gamers that actually use huge processing graphics cards to use it only in games... too hot. too hungry. too expensive.

But I am actually interested of what the GTX 470 its capable of. Maybe it will win the single gpu radeon. And if it dosent get that hot it may be a good candy for gamers.
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# its the bestRyan 2010-04-29 01:17
forget the power and heat "issues" it will be fine even with normal case colling just dont OC (EVGA makes OC edition and water cool get these if you want OC) it is the fastest GPU in the world +you get phyX and surround 3D thats just as good as anything ATI using more then 3 screens for gaming is stupid ive seen 6 screens for WoW and the character modle was ****** NOT ALL games support SLI (WOW for instance) so 1GPU is better then 2 in my opinion and this will destroy 5970 when it gets new drivers and games are made with it aritechure in mind :)
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Fermi Video Cardwoop 2010-04-30 02:25
ah good card when they bring its proposed 22nm chips, same it'll be nearer 2010/2011 when they are brought out but I'm sure I can live with a 5850 for now. Might try Nvidia again if the card becomes more efficient.
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# AwesomenessCrysist 2010-05-07 09:40
After read this aticle, i went straight to the shop and grab a gtx 480 oc from EVGA. Compare to my old gtx 260, it does looks wayyyy better on graphics, smoother.. but paying 600 bucks and more bill are what I still worry about. Asking myself a question,"Am I want it or am I need it?"
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# MehTantrumus 2010-05-12 06:57
All I saw in that article is that my GTX295 is staying in my system for another year at least.

Fermi can lick my bawlz.... I'm leaning more and more towards ATI and I have an instinct that another release is coming on their front.

I've noticed that most nVidia fanboys are ridiculously uneducated with their rants.... fermi is not a good release. Limited supply, way too hot, too much power consumption, and barely faster than the 5870 which is the king as far as I am concerned from a price/power/performance perspective.

I used to be an nVidia fanboy, but I think this war is goin in the other direction.
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# ES vs RetailOlin Coles 2010-05-12 07:08
The media received engineering samples, which have been running hotter than retail versions of the GTX 480. They are also louder, and consume a little more power. See here:
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# You are a fanboyR7 2010-05-12 16:00
Point out the nvidia fanboy rants here that aren't factual.

From what I've seen, the first thing you'll notice at review sites that allow comments is the ATI regular anti-fermi comments regardless of what the review shows.

If the 480 shows a 4 fps difference from the 5970 -- ATI fanboy comment is "The 5970 totally beat the 480. Wasn't even close!"

If nothing else "The 480 is hot enough to boil water!"

Scroll up and you'll see a guy say that the 480's idle temp is 70c.

As for price/performance.. Check this out.

(FPS from all benches)
GTX 480

95.2, 82.5, 73.6, 62, 41, 33, 92.7, 78.4, 108, 118, 35.5, 32.5, 48.8, 45

AVG: 67.6
Price per performance: $7.40

HD 5870

53.6, 45.1, 29.3, 22.9, 33, 29, 68, 57.6, 90, 83, 29.3, 26.9, 29.3, 27.4

Price per performance: $9.30

Hows that for education?
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# always been with atijlei8a 2010-05-23 12:44
haha ive never been an nvidia fan, even when my friends were using the lastest nvidia cards 5-7 years ago i only used ati cards way cheaper and gave me enough juice to run games
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Fermi Video CardRyan 2010-06-30 22:59
After some consideration, I'd say this card is actually a very good performer. Until recently, I thought ATI finally took the top again with the 5970, but then I discovered that it was a dual-GPU... I hate those. As a previous owner of a GeForce 9800GX2 and having some experience with SLI setups, I will never again purchase anything with SLI/Crossfire/Dual-GPU/Etc. There is no consistency, one game runs super fast, and other 3D applications are slower than a low-end single GPU. Micro-stuttering, driver issues, memory sharing, just way too many issues to even deal with. Just go for the most raw power in a true, single-GPU. The only way it would work is if you have enough cash to buy two or three of these and make it work. That way you still have a powerful single card when the SLI craps out on you.
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# Wow, CrackedSetsunayaki 2010-07-09 18:08
The card itself does NOT consume 370w under full load. The 8 Pin PEG amounts to 150w, the 6 Pin PEG amounts to 75w and the PCI-Express Slot can supply 75w for a total of 300w. The Idle consumption of 52w is actually amazing because it actually is lower than some ATI cards. What you forgot to test is what it takes for this card to enter LOAD STATUS. I almost don't see this card hit 1% for anything, but ATI cards enter load status very frequently, so they don't use IDLE consumption as much.

One thing you forgot to mention is that if you are a casual gamer and want to break free of Windows...a 480 GTX actually in practically every game ran under Linux + Wine delivers at least 60 FPS. ATI cards won't even boot games on Linux due to how bad their drivers are....

I own more ATI cards than Nvidia Cards, thanks to Nvidia...I was able to move to Linux as my main OS and retain windows for only the heaviest of games.
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# I got itRob 2010-08-03 18:42
So much I want to complain

Both the 5970 and 480 are amazing cards. My 480 heavily overclocked never hits 91C+ on load and sits around 70C idle. So yeah its hot, just get an air conditioner in the summer and your fine. Doesn't consume much power for what it is I think. My X6 1055T consumes just as much power on load.

And technically, I'm neutral with both vendors, but the 480 is stronger TECHNICALLY. It's 1 GPU vs the 5970 which is 2 GPUs and the 480 is trailing just behind it.

So far wht I have seen though is the 5970 plays Dx10 games and under better, the 480 is known to play Dx11 games better. So both good and bad.
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# rtrd fanboysmRemembaStalin 2010-09-16 14:09
i've seen maybe 70% of the comments stating the greens or the reds must be crushed/killed/dissaper.
What u don't uderstand my dear retard troll idiots from both sides: THE WORST THING COULD HAPPEN IS THE MONOPOLY. no matter who wins. Giza, watta bunch of lobotomised studid mofos!

Nice review, good and hard work. biased in the end. but somehow understandable.
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