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Old 26th March 2010, 21:33   #1
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Icon17 UK & Russian Websites breaks NDA; full Geforce GTX 480 & GTX 480 SLI Review

Hexus had a review up of GTX 480 this evening, but they pulled it offline again... thanks to the intarweb nothings gets lost; so here's the gist (if you have trouble reading the charts due to the PNG transparency use this link here)

-edit: be sure to check out post #5 for results from Russian site IXBT.com

-edit2, Hexus released their review

http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=24000
http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=23132

all official benches here: Official Geforce GTX 480 and Geforce 470 Benchmarks Released

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NVIDIA GF100 GPU represents the first grounds-up design since the excellent G80 was released over three years ago. Plagued by delay after delay in which time the competition has released a top-to-bottom range of DX11 GPUs, NVIDIA needs to get its latest graphics architecture right.

Viewed as a design, the also-DX11-compliant GF100 (Fermi) is much more than a renderer of pretty pixels. At its highest level, the 3bn-transistor chip uses four generally self-contained mini-GPUs that combine to provide decent theoretical performance for a wide variety of applications and code.

Fermi indicates NVIDIA's GPU direction by paying particular focus on increased geometry and tessellation via numerous GPU-distributed engines, to GPGPU usage through significant on-die cache, along with pretty-looking pixels via efficient antialiasing performance. The design is well-balanced for the most part, providing robust features for both upcoming Tesla and incumbent GeForce lines.

NVIDIA's mindset regarding Fermi's all-new architecture has been one obvious cause of delays, but physically implementing a new thinking on a GPU whilst also being competitive against the AMD's arsenal of quality 5-series cards has been another stumbling block.

The GeForce brand needs to take the forward-looking Fermi design and bring it to market with economic and manufacturing realities fully taken into account. GeForce GTX 480 represents the desktop manifestation of the inevitable compromise between idealism and pragmatism.

The GeForce GTX 480 chip can't be manufactured in any real volume with the full 512 cores intact, meaning that it loses a stream-processing unit composed of 32 cores. Ramping up clocks on a 3bn-transistor GPU manufactured on a 40nm process is also difficult without running into fundamental thermal concerns, hence why GTX 480 isn't clocked especially high, and the card chews through watts with gay abandon.

Conjecturing somewhat, GeForce GTX 480 is probably 75 per cent of the high-end GPU that was imagined by NVIDIA early last year. Our numbers show that NVIDIA's finest single-GPU card is, on average, around 20 per cent faster than AMD's Radeon HD 5870 1,024MB at a 2,560x1,600 resolution. GeForce GTX 480 is due to cost some 40 per cent more, so whilst the trade-off between extra expense and performance isn't ideal, it's not shockingly bad, either.

How does it play out for the gamer right now? Radeon HD 5970 remains the world's fastest graphics card, GeForce GTX 480 becomes the world's fastest single-GPU card, and Radeon HD 5870 is still a good bet at sub-300.

Bottom line: NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 480 could have easily been better, perhaps should have been considering the time of arrival, but we feel that, underscored and handicapped by a paradigm shift in GPU thinking, it retains enough features and visceral ooh la la to be worthy of a 400 price-tag, if not 450.





























On Overclocking

We increased the fan-speed to 80 per cent (<4,000rpm) and then used EVGA's Precision tool to force up the clocks. From the default 700MHz/1,400MHz/3,698MHz clockings for core, shader and memory, respectively, we hit 800MHz/1,600MHz/ 4,224MHz, representing a 14 per cent increase over stock. System-wide power-draw increases from a peak 475W to 525W.

Looking a the 2,560x1,600 results, Far Cry 2 (8x AA) performance rose from 54.91fps to 61.3fps and DiRT 2 DX11 from 50.69fps to 56.78fps.

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Old 26th March 2010, 21:42   #2
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check out those DIRT 2 numbers, at lower IQ settings GTX 480 has massive lead, and HD 5870 remains well in playable FPS, once you increase resolution, enable AA and use DX11 you end up with:

- GTX 480: 50fps
- 5870: 47.7fps

vs not DX11

- GTX 480: 80fps
- 5870: 63fps
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Great work jmke bringing us these figures so fast !
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Old 26th March 2010, 21:57   #4
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Hexus broke NDA... when they posted their review to the public, that data become public knowledge, I'm just sharing as soon as they put back their review I'll link to their review since they put in all the hard work testing the card they got from NVIDIA directly.

But I do honestly believe Hexus got mixed up about at what time NDA was supposed to expire. I've read rumors on two sites that 29/3 is the actual "benchmark" release day and that today is only pics & specs

from Hexus numbers the 5870 makes a very nice showing; maybe GTX 470 can be the saving grace against HD 5850. The GTX 480 is too hot, too power hungry and not useful unless you own a 30" LCD... better of with HD 5870 in my humble opinion, eyefinity et al

here's a French unknown site with their numbers: http://www.01net.com/editorial/51466...test-du-01lab/
but they have some weird results, most likely rushing the tests they overlooked some issues/settings, can happen; or driver issues; who knows. Need results from a reputable source do make any decision of course; Anandtech, HardOCP, TechReport, at least they take into account min.fps also
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Full GTX 480 SLI Action from Russia (with love!)

Official IXBT.com benchmarks.

Test Box:
Intel Core I7 CPU 920 (2667 MHz);
ASUS P6T Deluxe;
3 GB DDR3 SDRAM Corsair 1066MHz;
WD Caviar SE WD1600JD 160GB SATA.
Tagan TG900-BZ 900W.
Windows 7 32bit; DirectX 11;
Dell 3007WFP (30").
CATALYST 10.3; NVIDIA 197.17.

Game: Unigine Tropics Benchmark

Result:
1280x1024 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1280-pcie.html
1680x1050 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1680-pcie.html
1920x1200 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1920-pcie.html
2560x1600 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...2560-pcie.html

Game: Far Cry 2

Result:
1280x1024 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1280-pcie.html
1680x1050 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1680-pcie.html
1920x1200 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1920-pcie.html
2560x1600 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...2560-pcie.html

Game: Unigine Heaven Benchmark DirectX 11.0

Result:
1280x1024 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1280-pcie.html
1680x1050 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1680-pcie.html
1920x1200 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1920-pcie.html
2560x1600 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...2560-pcie.html

Game: CRYSIS, RESCUE

Result:
1280x1024 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1280-pcie.html
1680x1050 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1680-pcie.html
1920x1200 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1920-pcie.html
2560x1600 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...2560-pcie.html

Game: CRYSIS WARHEAD, CARGO

Result:
1280x1024 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1280-pcie.html
1680x1050 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1680-pcie.html
1920x1200 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1920-pcie.html
2560x1600 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...2560-pcie.html

Game: Unigine Heaven Benchmark DirectX 10.0

Result:
1280x1024 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1280-pcie.html
1680x1050 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1680-pcie.html
1920x1200 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1920-pcie.html
2560x1600 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...2560-pcie.html

Game: 3DMark Vantage Graphics MARKS

Result:
1280x1024 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1280-pcie.html
1680x1050 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1680-pcie.html
1920x1200 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1920-pcie.html
2560x1600 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...2560-pcie.html


Game: Colin McRae: DiRT2

Result:
1280x1024 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1280-pcie.html
1680x1050 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1680-pcie.html
1920x1200 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1920-pcie.html
2560x1600 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...2560-pcie.html


Game: Just Cause 2

Result:
1280x1024 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1280-pcie.html
1680x1050 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1680-pcie.html
1920x1200 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...1920-pcie.html
2560x1600 http://www.ixbt.com/video/itogi-vide...2560-pcie.html
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