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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 400 Series - What you need to know

By Shawn Baker from Mar 26, 2010 @ 18:00 CDT
Manufacturer: NVIDIA

The GTX 480


Priced at $499, this is the new bad boy of video cards from NVIDIA. NVIDIA say this doesn't compete against the HD 5870; it's the fastest video card on the market; a class of its own you get the feeling. Of course, in really fine print you get the feeling that NVIDIA are only talking about the single GPU market.




On the processing side of things there's again the three big numbers; CUDA Cores, Texture Units and ROP Units. Again in the same order, the card carries with it a 480, 60 and 48 setup. And again, this is all done on a 40nm core.


In the clock department the core comes in at 700MHz and the Shader Clock at 1401MHz. The GTX 480 like the GTX 470 carries with it GDDR5 memory, but instead of a 320-bit bus it has been widened here to 384-bit, resulting in 1536MB of memory coming in at 924MHz or 3696MHz QDR.


While the GTX 480 also requires two power connectors, instead of a dual 6-Pin configuration this model opts for a single 6-Pin and a single 8-Pin connector. NVIDIA puts the Max Board Power (TDP) at 250 Watt and recommends at least a 600 Watt power supply for the model.


Connectivity on both GTX 480 cards is the same which means here we see two Dual-Link DVI connectors and a single mini-HDMI port.




NVIDIA say the GTX 480 is "The World's Fastest Gaming GPU". I think because they say GPU and not video card, it kind of covers them when being compared against the HD 5970 which is essentially just a HD 5870 x2 and in turn not a single GPU.


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