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The Shader Difference - GeForce GTX 580 at GTX 480 Clocks - Test System Setup and 3DMark Vantage

By: Shawn Baker | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 11:22 am



We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASRock, Kingston, Mittoni, Noctua and Corsair.


Because we just wanted to keep it simple today, we've just got the GIGABYTE GTX 480 and MSI GTX 580 included in our results. The GTX 580 is featured twice; once at default clocks and the other clocked down to GTX 480 speeds. Of course, we've then also got the GTX 480 at its stock speeds.


Let's get started!


3DMark Vantage


Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.1
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3DMark Vantage is the new industry standard PC gaming performance benchmark from Futuremark, newly designed for Windows Vista and DirectX10. It includes two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, and support for the latest hardware.


3DMark Vantage is based on a completely new rendering engine, developed specifically to take full advantage of DirectX10, the new graphics API from Microsoft.




Straight away under Vantage you can see the kind of performance boost we get with those extra Shaders, even though the cards are clocked at exactly the same speed.


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