NVIDIA had a bit of a troubled launch with delays to their chip pushing this card back into March causing the market to have one DirectX 11 solution from ATI. The decision to release a card with fewer cores than originally planned must have been a difficult one for NVIDIA. The performance of the 480 Core GTX 480 is ahead of the HD 5870 in some spots but in some the other card is equal to or higher performing. At the launch price of $499, the GTX 480 will have a difficult time competing with a HD 5870 which is $100 less on the market today.
NVIDIA does bring several things to the table with their video card. This card supports Triple SLI but keep aware of the power requirements of 250W for a single card maximum on a machine. PhysX is a great feature for games as you can see the visual difference in performance with it on and the effects can be amazing., 3D Vision Surround are also features that the competition does not have, NVIDIA has finally released a competitive part to match ATI but the question is will they release a competitive part to the rest of ATIís lineup in a short fashion as the mainstream and value segments are where the majority of video card sales made. We will have to wait and see. NVIDIA has finally stepped up to the plate and in doing so we give the GTX480 a Hot Product Award for the folks and friends of NVIDIA.