Conclusion: Nvidia's first DirectX 11 video card has been a long time in coming and it's not quite worth the wait. Though it's the fastest card on the market by a hair, its performance gains don't entirely justify its price.
Pros: Fast performance. Supports DirectX 11. Enables 3D Vision Surround with appropriate hardware.
Cons: Expensive. Power-hungry. Does not markedly outperform competing cards.
Conclusion: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time.
Pros: Fastest single-unit DX11 graphics accelerator available, Best price-to-performance cost ratio, GF100 Introduces Error Correcting Code (ECC), Outstanding performance for ultra high-end games, Fan exhausts all heated air outside of case, Includes native HDMI audio/video output, Adds 32x CSAA post-p...
Cons: Consumes 52W at idle and 370W under full load, Extremely hot under normal operation, Very expensive premium-level product, Cooling fan is loud under load
Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 SLI vs. ATI Radeon HD 5870 Crossfire
23 June 2010
Excerpt: The results were a little unexpected, as the GeForce GTX 480 delivered results that were closer to the Radeon HD 5870 than we had previously seen. For the most part the GeForce GTX 480 was still faster, however when taking into consideration price, power consumption, and operating temperatures the...
Summary: As we understand it, Nvidia will already be selling the GeForce GTX 480 well below its intended price at $499. At this price point the card will be some ~$100 more expensive than most Radeon HD 5870s .
Summary: The first comparable thing to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 that comes to the mind are the powerful yet gas-guzzling SUVs that are used for cross-country drives with heavy loads, comfortably.
Pros: Fastest single GPU card to-date, DirectX 11 support, Substantial performance improvements in DirectX 11, GDDR5 memory, Software voltage control seems possible, Native HDMI output, Support for NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround, Support for CUDA, PhysX and 3D Vision, Improvements to integrated HDMI audio d...
Cons: High power draw, Noisy cooler, High temperatures, Fairly high price, Paper launch, High temperatures and power draw makes SLI and triple SLI difficult, Limited availability, Only 480 shaders, DirectX 11 won't be relevant for quite a while
Summary: Before we begin summing the GeForce GTX 480 up, here is a quick break down of the 2560x1600 results in comparison to the Radeon HD 5870. The GeForce GTX 480 was 16% slower in Battlefield Bad Company 2, 13% slower in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat and 5% slower in Wolfenstein.