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Nvidia Benchmarks GTX 480 Against Radeon 5870

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 130 comments

Nvidia shows its tessellation muscle against ATI's Radeon HD 5870. Interestingly enough, the ATI part hangs on fairly well until Fermi pulls ahead with its hardware tessellation.

Nvidia's GF100/Fermi GPUs, the GTX 470 and GTX 480, will be officially launched later this month on March 26. Until then, we're being teased by unofficial board shots and unverified benchmarks.

Today, however, we bring to you something completely official: a benchmark demo straight from Nvidia that compares the upcoming GeForce GTX 480 and the ATI Radeon 5870.

While Nvidia doesn't put the two video cards up against our usual battery of tests, it does chart the two in an demo that leans on hardware tessellation. With tessellation demands piled on, the GeForce GTX 480 performs significantly better. Other times, however, it seems that the Radeon 5870's performance will be on par with Nvidia's upcoming high-end GPU.

Until developers take advantage of hardware accelerated tessellation however, the 5870 still gives a GTX 480 incredible competition for being over six months old.

See the video below for more.

GTX 480 Unigine and 3D Vision Surround Demo (GF100)

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    cangelini , March 8, 2010 11:00 PM
    Vendor-supplied benchmarks? Awesome!

    /sarcasm
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    alvine , March 8, 2010 11:06 PM
    yeah but nvidia 480 will cost you a kidney
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    smithereen , March 8, 2010 10:55 PM
    It won't stand a chance against the 5970 by the looks of it.
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    smithereen , March 8, 2010 10:55 PM
    It won't stand a chance against the 5970 by the looks of it.
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    postmortemfear , March 8, 2010 10:59 PM
    glad i got my 2x 5770's fermi isnt looking to impressive so far
  • 40 Hide
    cangelini , March 8, 2010 11:00 PM
    Vendor-supplied benchmarks? Awesome!

    /sarcasm
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    yannifb , March 8, 2010 11:04 PM
    Considering the 5xxx refresh or 6xxx series that is coming out h2, this isn't to great for nvidia.
  • 24 Hide
    sarsoft , March 8, 2010 11:06 PM
    Wow ati holds its ground. I guess i wont be changing my 5970 any time soon.
  • 35 Hide
    alvine , March 8, 2010 11:06 PM
    yeah but nvidia 480 will cost you a kidney
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    Honis , March 8, 2010 11:07 PM
    cangeliniVendor-supplied benchmarks? Awesome!/sarcasm

    It's nvidia, they've never lied or used smoke and mirrors before!

    /sarcasm

    Closed benchmark done by the competitor without showing the actual settings before running. Yep, totally reliable.

    erm now /sarcasm
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    belardo , March 8, 2010 11:07 PM
    Until its done by a 3rd party... who knows what the real performance is.

    Besides, the newer GF cards are more for computations than 3D gaming.
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    Bluescreendeath , March 8, 2010 11:08 PM
    Didn't this exact same article come out a week ago? O_o

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    kewlx , March 8, 2010 11:09 PM
    Fail the 5970 seems to blow them and I've heard of 6XXX series from ATI
  • 24 Hide
    duk3 , March 8, 2010 11:16 PM
    This is looking pretty bad.
    If based off closed benchmarks we think the 480 is screwed, the 480 is really screwed.
  • 24 Hide
    ColMirage , March 8, 2010 11:16 PM
    THX 2249Nvidia > ATI.The end.

    lolno
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    Tomtompiper , March 8, 2010 11:18 PM
    At last a Benchmark! A very small and selective one but still a benchmark.
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    jurassic1024 , March 8, 2010 11:20 PM
    I'm pondering two 5830's, but only cuz I know the GTX 470/80 will be $$$. I'll wait for the already planned Fermi refresh later this year. The 5000 series is built off RV780. GF100 is 100% new. Remember Barcelona? Or R600?
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    blackbyron , March 8, 2010 11:31 PM
    How about Nvidia power consumption? I want to know that too besides performance.
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    jurassic1024 , March 8, 2010 11:31 PM
    kewlxFail the 5970 seems to blow them and I've heard of 6XXX series from ATI


    AMD has nothing new til 2011. Check their 2010 roadmap.
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    jurassic1024 , March 8, 2010 11:33 PM
    blackbyronHow about Nvidia power consumption? I want to know that too besides performance.


    GTX 470 - ~220w
    GTX 480 - ~300w

    What do you expect from 3 billion transistors though.
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    Anonymous , March 8, 2010 11:33 PM
    I am waiting for 5890 :) 
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    tpi2007 , March 8, 2010 11:39 PM
    The one thing they don't say is how much power a GTX 480 actually consumes... if what Semiaccurate has been saying is correct, and they seem to have been right in their last articles, then the GTX 480 consumes so much power that they won't be able to build one using two chips, because that would largely exceed the 300w PCIe certification limit, which means the 5970 will have no competition.

    Also, from what's being said - and shown, the GTX 480 will need a power supply with a single 12v rail giving 42A. You will clearly have to check you PSU carefully to see if it delivers those 42A over a single rail or something like 18A over two or three rails.
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