NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480: specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 480 sales 7 December 2010 at a recommended price of $499. This is Fermi architecture desktop card based on 40 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 1536 MB 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 dual-slot card attached via PCIe 2.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 10.5" (267 mm) (26.7 cm). 6-pin & 8-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 250 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 15.41 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 480's architecture, market type and release date.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
0.50
 
Architecture
Fermi
 
GPU code name
GF100
 
Market segment
Desktop
 
Launch date
7 December 2010 (10 years ago)
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$499
 
Price now
$755 (1.5x MSRP)
 

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 480's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base 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 / CUDA cores
480
 
of 10752 (GA102)
CUDA cores
480
 
Core clock speed
700 MHz
 
Number of transistors
3,100 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
250 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Maximum GPU temperature
105 °C
 
Texture fill rate
42 billion/sec
 
Floating-point performance
1,345.0 gflops
 
of 2918.4 (GRID K340)

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)
 
Supplementary power connectors
6-pin & 8-pin
 
SLI options
+
 

Memory

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
1536 MB
 
Memory bus width
384 Bit
 
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
1848 MHz (3696 data rate)
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth
177.4 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon Pro VII)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 480. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

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
 

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 480, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX
12 (11_0)
 
Shader Model
5.1
 
OpenGL
4.2
 
OpenCL
1.1
 
Vulkan
N/A
 
CUDA
+
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 480. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

15.41

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

3650

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

5014

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

4067

Octane Render OctaneBench

This is a special benchmark measuring graphics card performance in OctaneRender, which is a realistic GPU rendering engine by OTOY Inc., available either as a standalone program, or as a plugin for 3DS Max, Cinema 4D and many other apps. It renders four different static scenes, then compares render times with a reference GPU which is currently GeForce GTX 980. This benchmark has nothing to do with gaming and is aimed at professional 3D graphics artists.

54

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 480. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
117 Mh/s
 
 

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 480 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

This video card matches 92% minimum and 79% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
92%
Recommended
79%
Minimum
92%
Recommended
79%

AMD equivalent

The nearest GeForce GTX 480's AMD equivalent is Radeon RX 460, which is faster by 1% and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

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User rating

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