NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480: specs and benchmarks

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Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 480 sales 7 December 2010 at a recommended price of $499 . This is a desktop graphics card based on a Fermi architecture and made with 40 nm manufacturing process. It is primarily aimed at gamer market. 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 295 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 10.57% of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

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General info

Some basic facts about GeForce GTX 480: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance ranking388
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Value for money1.27
ArchitectureFermi (2010−2014)
GPU code nameGF100
Market segmentDesktop
Release date7 December 2010 (13 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$499
Current price$15.99 (0x MSRP)of 168889 (A100 PCIe 80 GB)
Value for money

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 480's specs 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 cores480of 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
CUDA cores480
Core clock speed700 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Number of transistors3,100 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1070 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology40 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080)
Power consumption (TDP)295 Wattof 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)
Maximum GPU temperature105 °C
Texture fill rate42 billion/secof 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)
Floating-point performance1,345.0 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Size and compatibility

This section provides details about the physical dimensions of GeForce GTX 480 and its compatibility with other computer components. This information is useful when selecting a computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop graphics cards, it includes details about the interface and bus (for motherboard compatibility) and additional power connectors (for power supply compatibility).

Bus support16x PCI-E 2.0
InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16
Length10.5" (267 mm) (26.7 cm)
Height4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors6-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 have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount1536 MBof 192 (Radeon Instinct MI300X)
Memory bus width384 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed1848 MHz (3696 data rate)of 23000 (GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER)
Memory bandwidth177.4 GB/sof 3276 (Aldebaran)
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 graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.

Display ConnectorsTwo Dual Link DVI, Mini HDMI
Multi monitor support+
HDMI+
HDCP+
Maximum VGA resolution2048x1536
Audio input for HDMIInternal

API support

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

DirectX12 (11_0)
Shader Model5.1
OpenGL4.2of 4.6 (GeForce RTX 4090)
OpenCL1.1
VulkanN/A
CUDA+

Benchmark performance

Synthetic benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 480. The combined score is measured on a 0-100 point scale.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance score. 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.

Passmark

This is the most ubiquitous GPU benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various types of 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.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

GTX 480 4100

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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 480 5014

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 graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 480 3650

GeekBench 5 OpenCL

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses OpenCL API by Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 9%

GTX 480 13118

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.

Benchmark coverage: 4%

GTX 480 54

Mining hashrates

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

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 117 Mh/s  

Gaming performance

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.

Performance in popular games

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 16−18

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 21−24
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
Battlefield 5 35−40
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 27−30
Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Far Cry 5 27−30
Far Cry New Dawn 27−30
Forza Horizon 4 35−40
Hitman 3 27−30
Horizon Zero Dawn 21−24
Red Dead Redemption 2 18−20
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 21−24
Watch Dogs: Legion 18−20

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 21−24
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
Battlefield 5 35−40
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 27−30
Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Far Cry 5 27−30
Far Cry New Dawn 27−30
Forza Horizon 4 35−40
Hitman 3 27−30
Horizon Zero Dawn 21−24
Metro Exodus 16−18
Red Dead Redemption 2 18−20
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 21−24
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 21−24
Watch Dogs: Legion 18−20

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 21−24
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
Battlefield 5 35−40
Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Far Cry 5 27−30
Far Cry New Dawn 27−30
Forza Horizon 4 35−40
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 21−24
Watch Dogs: Legion 18−20

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 14−16
Hitman 3 16−18
Horizon Zero Dawn 16−18
Metro Exodus 9−10
Red Dead Redemption 2 7−8
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 12−14

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−11
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 6−7
Battlefield 5 18−20
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
Far Cry 5 16−18
Far Cry New Dawn 18−20
Forza Horizon 4 18−20
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10−12
Watch Dogs: Legion 5−6

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 7−8
Hitman 3 10−11
Horizon Zero Dawn 9−10
Metro Exodus 4−5
Red Dead Redemption 2 6−7
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 5−6
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 8−9

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 6−7
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 4−5
Battlefield 5 9−10
Cyberpunk 2077 1−2
Far Cry 5 8−9
Far Cry New Dawn 10−12
Forza Horizon 4 12−14
Watch Dogs: Legion 3−4

Relative perfomance

GeForce GTX 480's performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


AMD equivalent

According to our data, the closest AMD alternative to GeForce GTX 480 is Radeon RX 460, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 2 positions in our ranking.

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Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 480:

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Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

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Recommended processors

These processors are most commonly used with GeForce GTX 480 according to our statistics.

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