NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 vs MX250

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480
NVIDIA GeForce MX250

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce MX250 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
Value for money (0-100)
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Code name
Release date
26 March 2010
21 February 2019
Launch price (MSRP)
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Price now
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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce MX250'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 and GeForce MX250's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
CUDA cores
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Core clock speed
700 MHz
1518 MHz
Boost Clock
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1582 MHz
Transistor count
3,100 million
1,800 million
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
14 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
250 Watt
10 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
105 °C
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Texture fill rate
42 billion/sec
Floating-point performance
1,345.0 gflops
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Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce MX250 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). For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.
Laptop size
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Bus support
16x PCI-E 2.0
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PCIe 2.0 x16
PCIe 3.0 x16
10.5" (267 mm) (26.7 cm)
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4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)
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Supplementary power connectors
6-pin & 8-pin
SLI options
2-way, 3-way


Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce MX250: 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
Maximum RAM amount
1536 MB
2 GB
Memory bus width
384 Bit
64 Bit
Memory clock speed
1848 MHz (3696 data rate)
6008 MHz
Memory bandwidth
177.4 GB/s
48.06 GB/s
Shared memory

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce MX250. 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
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Display Connectors
Two Dual Link DVI, Mini HDMI
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Multi monitor support
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Maximum VGA resolution
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Audio input for HDMI
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Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce MX250. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
GPU Boost
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DirectX 11
DirectX 11
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Multi Monitor
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API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce MX250, sometimes including their particular versions.
12 (11_0)
12 (12_1)

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce MX250. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 480 17.21 +45%
GeForce MX250 11.87

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 480 3650
GeForce MX250 3662 +0.3%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 480 5014 +8.7%
GeForce MX250 4614


GTX 480 3736 +45%
GeForce MX250 2576

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce MX250. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
117 Mh/s
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Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce MX250 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480

45% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (384 vs 64 bit)
More pipelines (480 vs 384)
Higher memory bandwidth (177.4 vs 48.06 GB/s)
OpenGL 4.2
3D Vision
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
max 2560x1600 (digital)
2048x1536 (VGA)
DirectX 11
3D Vision Surround
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce MX250

Much newer (21 February 2019 vs 26 March 2010)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 40 nm)
Less power hungry (10 vs 250 watts)
Vulkan 1.1
OpenGL 4.6
OpenCL 1.2 (Open Computing Language - an API for GPU usage in arbitrary calculations, e.g. for physics simulation)
GPU Boost 3.0
Multi Monitor

So, GTX 480 or MX250?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480.
Be aware that GeForce GTX 480 is a desktop card while GeForce MX250 is a notebook one.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce MX250, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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