GeForce GTX 480 And 470: From Fermi And GF100 To Actual Cards!

Test Setup And Benchmarks

Test Hardware
Intel Core i7-980X Extreme (Gulftown) 3.33 GHz, 6.4 GT/s, 12MB L3 Cache, power-saving settings enabled
Gigabyte X58A-UD5 (LGA 1366) X58/ICH10, BIOS F5
Kingston HyperX T1 Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3-2000 8-8-8-24 @ 1,600 MHz
Hard Drive
Intel SSDSA2MH160G2C1 160GB SATA 3 Gb/s
Realtek RTC8111D, 1 Gb/s
Graphics CardsNvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.53GB

Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.28GB

Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 1.79GB

Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 1GB

ATI Radeon HD 5970 2GB

ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB

ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB

ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB
Power Supply
Cooler Master UCP 1100W
CPU Cooler
Intel DBX-B Thermal Solution
System Software And Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX 11
Platform Driver
Intel INF Chipset Update Utility
Graphics Driver
Nvidia GeForce 197.17 (GTX 480/470)

Nvidia GeForce 197.13 (GTX 295/285)

AMD Catalyst 10.3a
Very High Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, 4xAA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050 / 1900x1200 / 2560x1600, DirectX 10, Patch 1.2.1, 64-bit executable
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Extreme Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, 4xAA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050 / 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, DX10 Rendering, Benchmark Tool
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Ultra High Settings, No AA / No AF, 4xAA / No AF, 1680x1050 / 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, Second Sun, 45 second sequence, FRAPS
DiRT 2
Ultra High Settings, No AA / No AF, 4xAA / No AF, 1680x1050 / 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, In-Game Benchmark (Demo), Forced DX9 Rendering
Metro 2033
High Quality Settings, AAA / No AF, 4x MSAA / No AF, vsync off, PhysX off, 1680x1050 / 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, Chapter 1: Chase, 150 second sequence, FRAPS
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Custom (Highest) Quality Settings, 1xAA / No AF, 8x MSAA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050 / 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, opening cinematic, 145 second sequence, FRAPS
3DMark Vantage
Performance Default, High Quality, Extreme Quality; PPU Disabled
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  • infra
    Great review guys! As for GTX 470/480 - It's not as bad as I expected.The cards show some pretty decent numbers compared to 5870 even without its tessellation power used to its best.Perhaps next-gen Fermi will be a true champion - power and heat will be optimized and games will use the architecture of the GPU to its full potential.All in all it's a great architecture, maybe a bit ahead of it's time if you ask me.
  • Anonymous
    Power hungry, noisy, the fight is on. Glad I got the 5870. The driver-updates will see us through.
  • N19h7M4r3
    Power consuption is really high, but i think that efficiency if actually pretty good, but in the end what will matter is $$$ and not everyone will pay to have the best card on the block.
  • Dandalf
    Do we expect AMD to drop its prices in response? Don’t count on it.

    Dammit I was waiting for these cards SOLELY so ATI drop their prices! Aaaarrgghhh
  • Anonymous
    5000 series will keep their prices for a long time
  • mapleo
    Fermi could be a tragedy in NV's history.
    It seems I have to use HD5870 untill HD6870 or GTX580 release.
  • memeroot
    looks god if it came out 6 months back.... as a 3d vision fan thoug it looks like another wait for the right card
  • Dandalf
    Thanks for translation Rabid, wish i saw it before I started rating him down as a bot :| oops
  • Anonymous
    GTX480 buy it!!! Send stove!!! sorry my english is poor!!!
    Wow!!!!!! It's the fastest single GPU card on the planet. And it's a toaster oven and space heater too. What will Nvidia think of next?

    I wonder if it will qualify for any exemptions under forthcoming "cap and trade" regulations?
  • FanterA
    it should also be noted that for UK customers (like myself) that a 5870 can be had for less than the asking price of a 470, and for the prices on the 480, you could have a pair of 5850s in crossfire. Add to this the heat and power concerns, and i think I'll forgo Thermi and get another 5850 when I deem it necessary. so glad i didn't wait :D
  • mapleo

    I'm not a fan for any brand. I only choose products base on my needs. That's my point.
  • Anonymous
    haha Fermi you are out!!
  • carlos0248

    I thought the GTX480 just like editor said that the best performance but the price and power consumption was higher. Don't count it can cause ait drop their price.
  • Anonymous
    It's a true fact that NV is always good at Games becouse of its "way" plan. Viedo card is often used to play video games after all.
  • goozaymunanos
    sod this..i'm gonna buy a 5850..

    the GTX470 should be retailing at £250.


    p.s. stuff & nonsense:
  • marney_5
    How much are the Fermi cards in the US again? On overclockers UK the 480 prices around £450! Where the 5870 is around £320! Is this correct? Because Fermi is sh*t value if its only slightly faster and £100 extra!

    I only waited for this card so the ATI prices would go down!!! Dammit!
  • my_jacks
    Sparkle GeForce GTX 480 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
    £445.99 (inc VAT)

    Sparkle GeForce GTX 470 1280MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
    £309.99 (inc VAT)

    Powercolor ATI Radeon HD 5970 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
    £499.99 (inc VAT)

    Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5870 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
    £299.99 (inc VAT)

    Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
    £220.99 (inc VAT)

    - Overclockers UK (29/3/10)
  • 13thmonkey
    what happens to power and heat if v-sync is on, i.e. if the card can do 120+ fps on a game but is limited to 60fps by v-sync, does that reduce the power and thermals as it is only calculating 50% of the frames.

    I assume it calculates a frame, waits for 60hz refresh (idles) displays it, calcs another one waits (idles), calcs another one, etc.

    or does it just calc and calc and calc and then show the one frame that was most recently completed on the refresh, then calc calc calc and show the most recent on the refresh, ignoring the results of the nondisplayed calcs.
  • damian86
    ATI is still being your 'daddy'