NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480: specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 480 sales 26 March 2010 at a recommended price of 499 USD. This is Fermi architecture desktop card based on 40 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 1.5 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1.85 GHz are supplied, and together with 384 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 177.4 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is 2-slot card attached via PCIe 2.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 10.5" (267 mm) (26.7 cm). An additional 6-pin & 8-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 250 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 23.75 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon R9 390 X2.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 480's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Perfomance to price
100.00
 
Architecture
Fermi
 
Code name
GF100
 
Type
Desktop
 
Release date
26 March 2010
 
Launch price (MSRP)
499 USD
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)
Price
71.99 USD
 
of 4576.59 (Quadro P6000)

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 480's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 480's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
480
 
of 8192 (FirePro S9300 X2)
CUDA cores
480
 
Core clock speed
700 MHz
 
Transistor count
3,100 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
of 12
Power consumption (TDP)
250 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Maximum GPU temperature
105 °C
 
Texture fill rate
42 billion/sec
 
of 20896 (Tesla M10)
Floating-point performance
1,345.0 gflops
 

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 480's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Bus support
16x PCI-E 2.0
 
Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
Length
10.5" (267 mm) (26.7 cm)
 
Height
4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)
 
Width
2-slot
 
Supplementary power connectors
6-pin & 8-pin
 
SLI options
2-way, 3-way
 

Memory specs

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 480: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
1.5 GB
 
of 32 (Tesla M10)
Memory bus width
384 Bit
 
of 8192 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Memory clock speed
1848 MHz (3696 data rate)
 
Memory bandwidth
177.4 GB/s
 
of 11404 (GRID K1)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 480.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x mini-HDMI
 
Display Connectors
Two Dual Link DVI, Mini HDMI
 
Multi monitor support
+
 
HDMI
+
 
HDCP
+
 
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
Audio input for HDMI
Internal
 

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 480. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
+
 
CUDA
+
 
SLI
+
 
DirectX 11
DirectX 11
 

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 480, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 11, Shader 5.0
 
OpenGL
4.2
 

Video card benchmarks performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 480. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
23.75
 
 
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
234990.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
4922.00
 
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
5014.00
 
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
40684.00
 
 
Unigine Heaven 3.0
4237.42
 
 
Passmark
4356
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
3650
 
 
Octane Render OctaneBench
54
 
 

Mining hashrate

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 480. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
117 Mh/s
 
 

Game benchmarks (in FPS)

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 480 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS, while overall gaming performance is a number in 0-100 range, and the older the game, the less impact it has on the overall grade.
Overall gaming performance
16.58
 
 

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 480 performance compared to its nearest competitors. All GPU types participate.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 480 from AMD is Radeon HD 6970, which is slower by 1% and lower by 3 positions in our rating.

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