NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 Video Card Review :: Test Setup and Software

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

By Benjamin Sun

What good is a new high end video card without a high-end system to run it with? I decided to take Intel’s newest and most powerful CPU out for Hz overclocked a test drive with the new GeForce GTX480 card. The CPU was overclocked as to reduce the likeliness that the graphics chip would be bound by the CPU speed.

The tests have been streamlined into two DirectX 11 games Aliens Versus Predator and Dirt 2, a DX10 game Crysis Warhead and a DirectX 9.0c game in the form of the latest addition to the Call of Duty series, Call of Duty Modern Warfare. To give performance with artificial benchmarks I used 3DMark Vantage and the Uningine Heaven benchmark which has been recently upgrading

Test System

  • Intel Core i7 980X running at 4020MHz clock speed
  • 24GB of DDR3-1866MHz Memory
  • 2 74GB WD Raptor SATA HDDs running in RAID 0 Mode
  • Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler
  • ASUS P6X58D Premium motherboard latest drivers and BIOS
  • NVIDIA Reference GeForce GTX 480 running 197.17 drivers
  • ATI RADEON HD 5970 running Catalyst 10.2 drivers
  • XFX RADEON HD 5870 running Catalyst 10.2 drivers
  • Sapphire Toxic RADEON HD 5850 running Catalyst 10.2 drivers


  • Dirt 2 DirectX 11 benchmark
  • Aliens Versus Predator DirectX 11 Custom FRAPs demo
  • Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Custom FRAPS benchmark
  • Crysis Warhead Custom FRAPS demo 1920x1200 8x FSAA, 16x AF
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance score for GPU
  • Uningine Heaven 2.0 benchmark 1920x1200 8x FSAA, 16x AF
  • Just Cause 2 maximum settings