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The GeForce GTX 480 is Nvidia's flagship graphics card, to be released alongside the GTX 470 in spring 2010.

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Pros

continues support for Nvidia's proprietary and widely adopted Physx, CUDA and Nvidia 3D Vision technologies

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impressive minimum FPS results compared to previous generation, ATI competitors - improves overall gameplay

5 agree

keeps the need for competition at least somewhat satisfied

5 agree

support for SLI (multiple cards working in tandem)

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a computing monster - designed as much for general GPU computing as it is for games

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built on the latest 40nm fabrication process by TSMC

4 agree

the fastest single GPU graphics card to date

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Nvidia's first DirectX 11 offering - and a killer at that, beats the pants off of ATI's offerings with tessellation due to it's powerful computational qualities

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Cons

runs very hot - easily in the 90s under load

6 agree

large GPU (physical size / transistor count) means it costs a lot to make, suffers from more fabrication errors, runs hot and takes a lot of power, cannot make much money for Nvidia and price for end user cannot drop very fast or far

5 agree

guzzles power - requires a quality high-powered PSU, added cost to platform / for additional power (utility bills)

5 agree

high price doesn't exactly beat ATI's offerings for price:performance

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inefficient compared to ATI's smaller, cooler 5870

4 agree

quite late to the show after several delays - a good half cycle behind ATI

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loud fan

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large physical size (almost as large as a 5870) - requires a large, airy case to fit and function without overheating

3 agree

paper launch, with very few cards actually planned for manufacture

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not good enough to force much of a price drop on ATI cards

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not a large improvement over previous generation Nvidia cards when it comes to gaming

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FPS drops off at higher resolutions, below ATI's 5870

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The GeForce GTX 480 is Nvidia's flagship graphics card, to be released alongside the GTX 470 in spring 2010. The two new DirectX 11 GPUs replace the most advanced 200-Series models at the top of Nvidia's lineup. The GTX 480 employs 1.5 GB of GDDR5 memory – notable for using a 384-bit interface – and 480 CUDA cores, which combine with Nvidia PhysX and other technologies to enable ultra-realistic graphics in today's most demanding games and superior performance in complex graphics applications. The card supports up to 3 HD displays at once, and dual SLI-configured GPUs support 3D video via Nvidia 3D Vision Surround technology, although a 3D-capable display and glasses are also required. The more affordable GTX 470 features the same technology, but fewer CUDA cores and less memory, resulting in lower clock speeds.

Features
  • DirectX 11
  • Nvidia PhysX
  • Nvidia SLI-ready (3-way)
  • Nvidia 3D Vision Surround
  • Nvidia PureVideo
  • Interactive ray tracing
  • 32x anti-aliasing
  • HDMI 1.4 support
  • Dual-link DVI connectivity
  • OpenGL 3.2
  • PCI Express 2.0
  • 42.0B/sec texture fill rate
  • 480 CUDA cores
  • 1536MB GDDR5 memory (384-bit)
  • 1848MHz memory clock
  • 700MHz graphics clock
  • 1401MHz processor clock
  • 2560x1600 maximum resolution
  • 250W max. power consumption 
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