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GTX 480 2 way sli Unigine Heaven Bench mark results

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April 15, 2010 7:56:44 PM

I installed two gtx 480's today and have the results for you.

Screen resolution: 1680 x 1050, 4xAA and tesselation to extreme.

FPS: 52.7
Scores: 1328
Min FPS: 9.0
Max FPS: 122.0

Hardware
Binary: Windows 32bit Visual C++ 1500 Release Mar 7 2010
Operating system: Windows 7 (build 7600) 64bit
CPU model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz
CPU flags: 3619MHz MMX SSE SSE2 SSE3 SSSE3 SSE41 SSE42 HTT
GPU model: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 8.17.11.9741 1536Mb

Settings
Render: direct3d11
Mode: 1680x1050 4xAA fullscreen
Shaders: high
Textures: high
Filter: trilinear
Anisotropy: 16x
Occlusion: enabled
Refraction: enabled
Volumetric: enabled
Replication: disabled
Tessellation: extreme
April 15, 2010 10:28:31 PM

Just out of curiousity i wanted to see what sort of power the the gtx 480 was pulling and how it measured in the Unigine Heaven Bench mark at max settings.

1680x1050,
tesselation - extreme
AFx16
AAx8

The highest reading was 651 watts and the results are as follows:

FPS: 45.8
Scores: 1153
Min FPS: 25.5
Max FPS: 82.7

Hardware
Binary: Windows 32bit Visual C++ 1500 Release Mar 7 2010
Operating system: Windows 7 (build 7600) 64bit
CPU model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz
CPU flags: 3619MHz MMX SSE SSE2 SSE3 SSSE3 SSE41 SSE42 HTT
GPU model: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 8.17.11.9741 1536Mb

Settings
Render: direct3d11
Mode: 1680x1050 8xAA fullscreen
Shaders: high
Textures: high
Filter: trilinear
Anisotropy: 16x
Occlusion: enabled
Refraction: enabled
Volumetric: enabled
Replication: disabled
Tessellation: extreme
a b U Graphics card
April 15, 2010 10:48:28 PM

Where were you measuring your power from? Was that full system power from the wall? I'd be curious to see what you pull if you cranked up furmark on those cards:-)
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a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 1:07:01 AM

you have two 480's with a screen res of 1680x1050? overkill much? :lol: 

can't say i wouldn't do the same if i could afford it though.
interesting results though, it would be nice to get a direct comparison to the equivalent priced ATI setup.
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 2:30:43 AM

At that price you can tri-fire 5850s or 5970 + 5850.

It is hard to compare.
April 16, 2010 2:36:54 AM

tri fire should be 2nd last choice same with tri sli. Adding more than 2 cards, you reducing your Price/Performance, so no, its not cost effective. I had 5970 + 5870, it ran well...when it wanted to:) 


Can we see some screenies?
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 2:46:40 AM

Your i7 920 at stock is probably bottlenecking the GPUs by a bit. Try OCing to see if that helps.
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 4:16:42 AM

Things like textures and tesselation won't draw on CPU.
The heaven benchmark is completely GPU oritented since there is no advanced CPU based physics or moving units/particles to track. Mostly stationary 3D objects.
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 5:19:05 AM

rofl_my_waffle said:
Things like textures and tesselation won't draw on CPU.
The heaven benchmark is completely GPU oritented since there is no advanced CPU based physics or moving units/particles to track. Mostly stationary 3D objects.


people keep coming out with stuff liek this lately, and i wonder if they ever actually think about how a pc works.

it doesnt matter how GPU dependent a game (or benchmark) is, the CPU still has to process everything thats going on, and send the data to the GPU for rendering.

a CPU bottleneck is always possible, and in this case i would say its quite likely (i hadn't even realized the 920 was at stock)

recently got into an argument with some guy adament that CPU power was irrelevent in crysis, and that adding two more cores (the OP had a dual) or OCing the CPU wouldn't help. some people just refuse to learn though...
April 16, 2010 6:20:31 AM

Thanks for all your comments im a little busy this morning but will get be around later today and will get some screen shots for you.
My i7 is already o'clocked to 3.8 but thanks for the advice on bottlenecking. Not sure why though the results say i7 @ 2.67.
I measured the power from the walll by an electric measuring unit (will also post screen shots) and will run furmatk later today for the results.
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 11:52:24 AM

rofl_my_waffle said:
Things like textures and tesselation won't draw on CPU.
The heaven benchmark is completely GPU oritented since there is no advanced CPU based physics or moving units/particles to track. Mostly stationary 3D objects.


*sigh*. Its the CPU that creates the 3d matrix for all objects in teh environment, its the GPU that performs the act of mapping that matrix into a 2d space, applies depth buffering and image enhancement, etc. So the CPU still does a lot of work in setting up the initial matrix, and could potentially be a bottleneck.

Going off on a tangent: If we ever get true 3d moniters (that can display pre-rasterized 3d vector graphics), we could do away with GPU's entirely.
April 16, 2010 5:50:23 PM

Ok here are the benchmark results for furmark at 16xmsAA @ 1680x1050:

OpenGL Graphics Benchmark
FurMark Score
Score details for ID = 90575156af4681aa0708f10f899e4bec

Score: 4093 o3Marks
Submitted by Ricky San-juliano @ April 16 2010, 6:31 pm

App Version: oZone3D.Net_FurMark_v1.7.0_Build_Jul 3 2009_at_09:19:42

Renderer: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480
Number of Active GPUs: 1
GPU Clock: 700 MHz
Memory Clock: 924 MHz
Shader Clock: 0 MHz
Graphics Drivers: 8.17.11.9741 4-2-2010
GPU Temperatures (start/end):53°C / 86°C

Bench Duration: 60 sec.
Resolution: 1680 x 1050
MSAA samples: 16
Window Mode: fullscreen
Options: none

CPU: IntelR CoreTM i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz
CPU Speed: 3619 MHz
Operating System: Windows Server 2007 ver.6.1 build 7600 No Service Pack

This is the first time i have used furmark so i hope i have done this right.
Also i ran the stability test with xtreme burning mode, full screen, 16xmsaa and my results were:

FPS: Min=17 AVG= 21 Max= 22
The fans are loud!!!!
I also noticed that my psu was pulling in 836 watts!!!!!!

I do have some screenshots for you but not sure how to add them, if someone could help me out there that would be great
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 6:11:30 PM

Dang- 836W? Killer! What PSU are you using? Also- posting screens is pretty simple- you just have to upload them first to an image hosting site (like photobucket.com or something similar) then you can just post them using the proper tags [IMG ] Picture URL here [/IMG ] (only with no spaces inside the brackets)
April 16, 2010 6:16:44 PM

ok great thanks.
psu is ocz 1000w
will post some pics now
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 6:20:33 PM

Man- good thing you've got a 1kw PSU- you're using it! Imagine if you loaded up P95 and furmark together- over 900W maybe? lol
April 16, 2010 6:22:38 PM

i shall give it a go lets see
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 7:11:01 PM

How hot was your room after that?





gamerk316 said:
*sigh*. Its the CPU that creates the 3d matrix for all objects in teh environment, its the GPU that performs the act of mapping that matrix into a 2d space, applies depth buffering and image enhancement, etc. So the CPU still does a lot of work in setting up the initial matrix, and could potentially be a bottleneck.

Going off on a tangent: If we ever get true 3d moniters (that can display pre-rasterized 3d vector graphics), we could do away with GPU's entirely.


Sorry I worded my post incorrectly. I didn't mean the CPU doesn't incure any work. I mean to say it won't incure more work simply because you upped tesselation or high resolution textures. The geometry calculations are the same.

For example. Upping AA won't draw more CPU power. Heaven benchmark isn't even close to being bottlenecked by the CPU so a better graphics card won't suddenly cause a bottleneck.
April 16, 2010 7:18:21 PM

Just one screenshot to start to see if i can post a picture

\"Photobucket\"
April 16, 2010 7:19:22 PM

oh dear no luck so far :( 
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 7:24:41 PM

yeah, i wouldn't recommend running the OCCT PSU test :ouch: 
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 7:26:41 PM

[IMG ]http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss55/flyinfinni/My%20Rig/IMG_2841.jpg[/IMG ]

All you need is the code to look like that (without the spaces inside the brackets) and it should work. like this:
April 16, 2010 7:28:30 PM

ok got it now






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a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 7:35:32 PM

Nice- that power draw number just boggles my mind though- its more probably, than all my computers combined! (I've got 3 running in my house).
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 7:43:01 PM

yeah, maybe I'll do a quick power test on my 5850. Of course it is completely unfair as that CPU and GPU stomp mine, but whatever.
April 16, 2010 7:53:36 PM

that was the power draw during furmark stability test with extreme burning on.

In game during BC2 it runs around 450 - 500 w with all setting to max and aa to 32xCSAA. FPS min= 74 avg= 90 max = 107
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 7:55:14 PM

Very nice performance. What types of temps are you seeing in BC2?
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 8:00:31 PM

Intel Core i5 750 3.0GHz > Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P - F8 BIOS > 2x2GB GSkill 1600 @ 1430 7-7-7-21 1T 1.5V > Spinpoint F3 1TB >
Antec 300 Illusion > Sapphire 5850 850/1250 1GB 1.125V - Cat. 10.3a > Corsair 650HX > CM Hyper 212+ > Win7 64 > LCD: XL2370 23"

Max on OCCT with the settings that appear to give my max power draw: 285-300W @ 85C

Boot: 100-150W
Idle: 87W
TV: 97W
At 3-D Clocks (but no load): 125W
Linpack CPU: 170W
April 16, 2010 8:01:57 PM

so far today 've not seen the gpu go over 80c although i seen reports that they run hooter than this.
Ive had gpu-z running since i turned my computer on and even during furmark and taking screenshot in heaven, playing bf2 it's still showing highest reading of 80c.
I'm not using water cooling so am suprised by the results so far.
April 16, 2010 8:02:18 PM

What brand r the cards btw? Nice setup. Would liveto see rig pix:)  it must look like a beast :D 
April 16, 2010 8:10:09 PM

will post pics of rig 2morrow for you with the gtx 480's.

Here is one i took after i spent 4 hours last week adding extra exhaust fans and tidying the wires to get max airflow inside the case for these cards. The side of the case has 2 x 240 mm fans blowing onto cards and hard drives.



They are palit cards.
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 8:12:27 PM

What case is that? Looks like some very solid cable management for a case with no available cutouts to route stuff behind the Mobo.
April 16, 2010 8:14:01 PM

I'm jealous with ur wire management lol I'm thinking of getting a new case because mine has like 0 managing lol want to start fresh.

Palit? Never had em before wats their warranty like?
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 8:16:08 PM

Did you miss all the commotion earlier about that? :lol: 
April 16, 2010 8:18:23 PM

its an old case i think its called a wind tunnel.
I am looking to upgrade but as they say if its not broken... and at present im getting good temps with cpu oc and gpu.

i installed touch 1000 lcd fan controller to also last week to keep an eye on the temps inside and if they do start going up then its a new case for sure.

AND IF THE MRS WILL LET ME shes not impressed with what ive just spent :( 
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 8:19:49 PM

Palit has a 1 year warranty- they had a thread on the forums here (they have their own section now too since they are supporting Toms now or whatever) but we had a nice debate about their warranty. Heres the thread- the warranty stuff starts around half-way down the first page I think.
Edit: whoops- forgot the link! :-p
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/285208-33-palit
April 16, 2010 8:20:57 PM

i had never heard of them either until now.
i did have 2 asus gtx 480's on order but when these came in i thought i'd give them a go. They have a 2 year warranty.

Thank you for your comment on my wire management. This was my first attempt at this
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 8:22:43 PM

2 year? Maybe the Palit guy listened to us in that other thread because he was talking about a 1 year and how that was the world standard for them and wouldn't be changing. Lol!
April 16, 2010 8:24:40 PM

I bought the cards from novatech and they were advertised with 2 yrs on them. Of course i double checked this when i purchased them and they confirmed this.

I shall be double checking 2morrow now.
April 16, 2010 8:29:18 PM

Oh like saphire :) . I think my pny is lifetime...but I dunno frankyl I much prefer xfx or bfg or evga(although customer service is awful with them from my experience for trade ups....bfgs is much smoother)
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 8:30:39 PM

Yeah- maybe Novatech is supporting the second year or something, but If you read the thread the Palit guy was pretty clear about where they stand.
Edit- isn't sapphire at least a 2 year warranty though?
April 16, 2010 8:37:29 PM

Not sure Zotac are offering 5 years on them!
i will be checking out the warranty for sure and will not be happy if they try to change their tune. will keep you posted on this
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 8:46:33 PM

cool- I'll be interested to hear what they say.
April 16, 2010 9:34:50 PM

flyinfinni said:
Yeah- maybe Novatech is supporting the second year or something, but If you read the thread the Palit guy was pretty clear about where they stand.
Edit- isn't sapphire at least a 2 year warranty though?


Yes it is, and some1 said that plait does too that's y I said it
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 10:13:20 PM

Yeah- the Palit warranty is only 1 year though, according to the Palit Rep here on the forums.
April 16, 2010 10:58:33 PM

Booo :(  I like having atleast 2 yrs :p 
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 11:09:38 PM

I agree- you should read the thread I linked where we were arguing with the Palit Rep that their warranty should be at least 2 years:-)
April 17, 2010 8:34:24 AM

ok i have alraedy been to novatech and they have confirmed that the warranty on these cards is only 1 year to which i pointed out that they had sold me the cards with a 2 year warranty.

For my trouble they are replacing them with zotac ones today which have a 5 year warranty.
April 17, 2010 12:56:34 PM

Some pics of the rig with gtx 480 in.
Buy the way does anyone knowwhy furmark only uses one gpu although i have sli enabled?

a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2010 1:04:01 PM

I found this on another forum. As I don't have dual cards I can't confirm, but worth a try:

"With furmark you must un-check the post processing box in the lower left corner to load both cards."

https://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?m=286144&mpage=1#28...

Keep an eye on temps though, that will get hot!
!