NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M: specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 480M sales 25 May 2010. This is Fermi architecture notebook card based on 40 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 2 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1.2 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 76.8 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via MXM-B (3.0) interface. Power consumption is at 100 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 7.77 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT.

General info

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

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.18
 
Architecture
Fermi
 
GPU code name
N11E-GTX-A3
 
Market segment
Laptop
 
Launch date
25 May 2010 (10 years ago)
 
Price now
$163
 

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 480M'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 480M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
352
 
of 10752 (GA102)
Core clock speed
425 MHz
 
Number of transistors
3,100 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
100 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
18.7 billion/sec
 
Floating-point performance
598.4 gflops
 
of 2918.4 (GRID K340)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 480M's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. 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
large
 
Bus support
PCI-E 2.0
 
Interface
MXM-B (3.0)
 
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
SLI options
+
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 480M: 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
2 GB
 
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
1200 MHz
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth
76.8 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon Pro VII)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 480M. 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
No outputs
 
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 

API support

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

DirectX
12 API
 
Shader Model
5.1
 
OpenGL
4.5
 
OpenCL
1.1
 
Vulkan
N/A
 
CUDA
+
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 480M. 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.

7.77

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.

2185

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

8872

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.

2050

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 480M 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 81% minimum and 69% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
81%
Recommended
69%
Minimum
81%
Recommended
69%

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

900p
 
33
 
1080p
 
40
 

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 480M from AMD is Radeon R7 M275DX, which is slower by 2% and lower by 5 positions in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

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