NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480
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  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 700 MHz
  • Max video memory 1536 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 1848 MHz (3696 data rate)
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2010
Performance 14.09

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 295 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at

14.09%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

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

Place in performance rating315
Value for money1.68
ArchitectureFermi (2010−2014)
GPU code nameGF100
Market segmentDesktop
Release date7 December 2010 (11 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$499
Price now$12.99 (0x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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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 cores480of 18432 (AD102)
CUDA cores480
Core clock speed700 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Number of transistors3,100 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology40 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)295 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Maximum GPU temperature105 °C
Texture fill rate42 billion/secof 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance1,345.0 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

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 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 don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount1536 MBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width384 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed1848 MHz (3696 data rate)of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth177.4 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
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 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 GTX 1080 Mobile)
OpenCL1.1
VulkanN/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.

GTX 480 14.09
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • Passmark
  • Octane Render OctaneBench
  • GeekBench 5 OpenCL

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.

GTX 480 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.

GTX 480 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.

GTX 480 4109

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.

GTX 480 54

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.

GTX 480 12241

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.

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 14−16
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 14−16
Battlefield 5 14−16
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 14−16
Cyberpunk 2077 14−16
Far Cry 5 14−16
Far Cry New Dawn 14−16
Forza Horizon 4 14−16
Hitman 3 14−16
Horizon Zero Dawn 14−16
Red Dead Redemption 2 14−16
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 14−16
Watch Dogs: Legion 14−16

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 14−16
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 14−16
Battlefield 5 14−16
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 14−16
Cyberpunk 2077 14−16
Far Cry 5 14−16
Far Cry New Dawn 14−16
Forza Horizon 4 14−16
Hitman 3 14−16
Horizon Zero Dawn 14−16
Metro Exodus 14−16
Red Dead Redemption 2 14−16
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 14−16
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 14−16
Watch Dogs: Legion 14−16

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 14−16
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 14−16
Battlefield 5 14−16
Cyberpunk 2077 14−16
Far Cry 5 14−16
Far Cry New Dawn 14−16
Forza Horizon 4 14−16
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 14−16
Watch Dogs: Legion 14−16

1440p
High Preset

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

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 14−16
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 14−16
Battlefield 5 14−16
Cyberpunk 2077 14−16
Far Cry 5 14−16
Far Cry New Dawn 14−16
Forza Horizon 4 14−16
Watch Dogs: Legion 14−16

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 14−16
Hitman 3 14−16
Horizon Zero Dawn 14−16
Metro Exodus 14−16
Red Dead Redemption 2 14−16
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 14−16
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 14−16

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 14−16
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 14−16
Battlefield 5 14−16
Cyberpunk 2077 14−16
Far Cry 5 14−16
Far Cry New Dawn 14−16
Forza Horizon 4 14−16
Watch Dogs: Legion 14−16

Relative perfomance

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


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 480 from AMD is Radeon RX 460, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

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Recommended processors

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