Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 review

Is the GTX 480 the fastest and best graphics card ever built?

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The extent by which the GTX 480 bests the HD 5870 may be a bit of a surprise to those that expected the card to flop due to its reputed yield issues, but we're still surprised by how much the HD 5970 keeps its lead.

Nvidia is sure it's approach to the key DirectX 11 feature of tesselation is far superior to AMD's HD 5xxx series, the HD 5970 though manages to beat the GTX 480 in all the independent, tesselation-heavy benchmarks we used.

That card isn't even the equivalent of two HD 5870s either, being more akin to a twin HD 5850 instead. Still, it proves the GTX 480 is the fastest single-GPU card available right now.

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Addendum: The Dirt 2 performance shown here is for the demo which runs in DX9 mode. In the he full release of the game (which does run in DX11 on Nvidia cards), it gets 52fps instead of the 67.5fps shown here.


Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerNVIDIA
Chipset Model480
Chipset LineGeForce
Chipset SeriesGTX
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameClub 3D
Standard Memory1.50 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 2.0 x16
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width384 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologySLI
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
RAMDAC Speed400 MHz
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
Number of DVI Outputs2
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height125 mm
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
Length275 mm
ManufacturerClub 3D
Memory Speed3696 MHz
Product ModelCGNX-X4836
Product NameCGNX-X4836 GeForce GTX 480 Graphics Card
Manufacturer Part NumberCGNX-X4836
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.club-3d.co.uk
Marketing Information

Next-generation gaming has arrived. Club 3D nVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 gives your games an adrenaline shot with the world's fastest performance and futuristic, visually-stunning graphics. Experience heart-pounding, cinematic visuals on your favorite games with the combined power of DirectX 11, CUDA, and nVIDIA PhysX technologies. And expand your visual real estate across three HD displays in jaw-dropping stereoscopic 3D for the ultimate in immersive gaming. Club 3D nVIDIA GeForce GTX 480: pure adrenaline meets visual bliss.

Package Contents
  • CGNX-X4836 GeForce GTX 480 Graphics Card
  • DVI to VGA Adapter
  • CD (Includes: E-Manual)
  • Quick Install Guide
Thickness33 mm
API SupportedDirectX 11.0, OpenGL 3.2