The weeks leading up to a major technology launch are always going to be riddled with Internet leaks, and the upcoming introduction of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 480 graphics card - codenamed Fermi - is no exception
Massively fast in far cry 2 compared to the radeons if true. Slightly better minimum in Dirt 2 with a larger gap comparing averages would suggest immature drivers but a lot of brute performance
The speed-ups in percentages are: Dirt 2 = +22% Far Cry 2, 1050p = +44% Far Cry 2, 1200p = +39% Far Cry 2, 1600p = +33%
People still on the fence are only interested in BC2 and Crysis benchmarks. It's interesting that someone decided to do a farcry2 bench on a fermi. Cherry picked?
Yeah, Far Cry 2 does seem to have been cherry picked for this benchmark as NVIDIA engineers helped optimize the game, but DiRT 2 is more of an ATI game.
Too early to tell since its only 2 games benchmarked. though will be intestesting to see what happens to the prices of other gpus when these are out, either way its a win win situation for the customers.
This is good to see from the benches I have seen for china GTX 480 looked lame
why did they pick the 5870 to test against Nvidia's flagship card? should they not have used the 5970?
yep the 5970 is only slightly more expensive, wait for the reviews everything will be compared.
Well the 5970 has 2 GPUs So its the right test IMHO GTX 480 single GPU HD 5870 single GPU
Be it the 5970 or the 480gtx both are overkills for todays gaming. Though i would like to see 5970 with more then 1gb memory of memory. 5970 is a beast and can easily power 3 monitors on its own for eyefinity. However the 1gb(per gpu) memory holds it back from doing AA at such insane resolutions 5760*1080p.
Because they needed to release benchmarks that show it is better. I have a feeling if they compared it to the 5970 they would of been too similar.
480 is the single GPU version, NVIDIA will most likely also release the double GPU equivalent (probably designated 490 series)
the ATX spec will be a limitation. they need to rewrite it if we are gonna continue to see more powerful dual gpu solutions.
Because the 5970 most likely will be faster, use the same if not less power and by the time the 480GTX is released, ATI will lower the price of the 5970 even lower then the 480GTX. The problem they are saying is the 480 even though id a single GPU, uses the same power output as ATI's Dual solution. That's not good because if we are going to see dual Fermi, the power specs for that will be off the scale.
The GTX 480 is closer to the Radeon 5970 when talking about power requirements.
GTX 480 = 250w HD 5970 = 300w HD 5870 = 188w All that matters is the performance, as long as it's under 300w. Electricity is pretty cheap, it shouldn't be the deciding factor on your choice. It's a difference less than an extra light on in your house. And that's only if you had your GPU on full load as much as a light would be on lol. Btw, there is going to be a 512 shader version later once TSMC improves yields. So for those of your looking for top performance, you might still want to hold out a little longer.
yep bought benchmark. Stil it isn't released and they don't compare it to 5970... in short time there will be 6xxx series... nvidia failed so much this gen ..
You wanna now why they don't compare it to the 5970? Because the 5970 is a DUAL GPU card. Whereas the 480/470 is a single GPU card. And actually no, ATI's 6000 series won't be out until early 2011. ATI will first do a refresh of this series, and later again under 28nm which will probably be called the 6000 series, but won't be anything new, just more cores. The actual new architecture from ATI isn't coming until sometime in 2011.
AMD has been going on about the drivers for a bit now. I downloaded the test ones and there is a performance boost with these drivers. AMD just has to get their drivers bugs taken care of and they will get better benchmarks. Nvidia might have a better card but they make too much heat and eat too much power. I am fine with my 5870 card.
Yeah, thats what I was thinking. That was actually a pretty lame "benchmark". No idea about the system setup, drivers used or anything. You know, test variables. Dirt 2 DX11 4xMSAA performance with a single 5870 the fps averages around 60-70+ @ 1680x1050 and occasionally it dips to 45 in the parking lot. Other than that, smooth as silk. I don't know where they got these numbers.
5970 is a dual gpu card, and not everything supports taking advantage of both... its like taking 2 cards in a computer sli or crossfire. same thing with the gtx 295... And still i would rather have a card with physx on it. Makes games look so freakn hot!!
Some real numbers finally. And the result is not bad, not bad at all.
I'd like to see more details on settings used, test system etc. These are too vague to come to any real conclusions on performance. I'll hold out for some more detailed benches in the next week.
I agree with jimmy riddle, i want to see more tests and charts and then reach a conclusion. But these results aren't bad at all.
I hope reviewers are comparing the visual quality between Nvidia and ATI cards too. Video card developers are under a lot of pressure and it must be tempting to "optimize" their cards to run specific high profile games faster by reducing the image quality. For example - Nvidia could optimize their drivers to run high profile games faster than ATI, but when totally new games come along then you may suddenly see that ATI's cards are actually faster. It's no longer about just hardware these days. It's as much about drivers and a company's willingness to optimize their drivers for certain games. So the above benchmark isn't necessarily showing us that Nvidia's card is faster, but rather it's showing us that their drivers have been optimized to run those games faster.
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