NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 Video Card Review :: Gaming on the GeForce GTX 480 card

03-26-2010 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun

The GTX 480 is designed with DirectX 11 in mind with its 15 PolyMorph Engines, and the ability to do every DirectX effect in hardware. With that in mind two of the current games that support DirectX include Aliens Versus Predator and Dirt 2. Metro 2033 is a racing game. These games are just the first of a lot of upcoming DirectX 11 games.

Aliens Versus Predator is based upon the movie franchises Aliens and Predator. The Alien movies starred Sigourney Weaver as Ripley Scott facing an ever growing number of Aliens. The Predator franchise started in the early 1980s with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the mercenary tasked with bringing the Predator down. The game is fully playable at 32X FSAA and 16X AF at my monitor's maximum resolution.

When I was growing up, one of the first games that caught my attention and brought me to playing PC games was Command and Conquer. The FMV cut scenes starring Joseph Kucan as Kane, The latest installment in the long-running franchise ends the story of GDI versus Kane's Nod army in a rather finalistic way. Unfortunately the game changes too much in terms of game play for me to really enjoy it as I have the other games in the series. Nonetheless the game is fully playable on the GTX 480.

For the last few years Crysis is the benchmark by which video cards are measured. The game stressed out video cards for the last four years. The latest game in the series is Crysis Warhead and that game is stressful. The GTX 480 plays this game like a champ with high frame rates with 4x FSAA and 16x AF at 1920x1200. This is a DirectX 10.0 game. Crytek has announced CryEngine 3.0 which should set the bar even higher hopefully without causing video card owners to fret about playing the game for 4 years at acceptable frame rates and high settings.


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NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 Video Card Review Game screenshots

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 Video Card Review Game screenshots

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 Video Card Review Game screenshots

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The drivers NVIDIA provided for this review are the 197.17 Forceware betas designed for this new card. NVIDIA releases a new driver every month or so, matching ATI's output on driver releases. This driver has additional functionality on the GeForce GTX 480 by adding 32x FSAA. Turning on PhysX nearly doubles the CPU score in 3DMark Vantage from 36000-nearly 70000. PhysX is enabled by default in the drivers but I disabled it for testing.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 Video Card Review 3D Settings

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 Video Card Review PhysX enabled CPU Score

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 Video Card Review Stereoscopic 3D

Stereoscopic 3D