Nvidia's GeForce GTX 480: Before And After A Year Of Driver Updates

Benchmark Results: World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm


1680x1050
No AA/16x AF
1680x1050
8x AA/ 16x AF
1920x1080
No AA/16x AF
1920x1080
8x AA/ 16x AF
2560x1600
No AA/16x AF
2560x1600
8x AA/ 16x AF
Percent Gain
from 197.41 to 266.58
-9.15%
-8.58%
-13.37%
-8.33%
-5.78%
-2.88%


If you are an addict of World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm, these benchmarks should alarm you. Even though we can't benchmark using 197.41, the results speak for themselves. After every update, performance goes down, especially at 1920x1080 without any anti-aliasing. When playing World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm with the latest driver, you lose nearly 15% of the performance achieved in 257.21.

197.41: No setting past Fair197.41: No setting past Fair

All of the performance losses happen in a very linear direction in every scenario we benchmarked. There is no special case. There is no strange interaction between a driver and a specific resolution or setting.

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  • Yuka
    Heh, now it cooks my steaks 5 secs faster.

    Oh wait... I'm using a GT425M on my notebook... Damn!

    Cheers!
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  • theyohan
    I hear good things about that new Nvidia 270.51 beta driver.
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  • dragonsqrrl
    Impressive results to say the least... well, except for WOW. That has to be a bit of a disappointment for the people who care about that title. But otherwise quite remarkable performance optimizations from the driver team.

    I have to agree with the conclusion, due to the recent nature of the Fermi architecture it probably took both Nvidia and developers time to get used to the new hardware. It just wasn't well optimized upon launch. Although I think it's worth noting that it still managed to perform well even on those early drivers.
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  • andy5174
    GTX480/470/465.... Fail
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  • ezodagrom
    In the World of Warcraft page instead of saying "Percent Gain from 197.41 to 266.58" it says "Percent Gain from 9.10 to 11.1". ;P
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  • acku
    Anonymous said:
    In the World of Warcraft page instead of saying "Percent Gain from 197.41 to 266.58" it says "Percent Gain from 9.10 to 11.1". ;P


    Oops! My motto: Pobody's Nerfect. :kaola:

    Fixed!
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  • cpy
    257.21 looks best for me as wow player and sc2 player :)
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  • gofasterstripes
    TBH it looks like good work from the green team. Cool, my 470 is getting bumped for free [and it's already overclocked to 788/1950 :) ]

    On second thoughts, maybe 'cool' is the wrong word.....
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  • Mario75
    andy5174GTX480/470/465.... Fail


    Nope - trolls actually FAIL.Also your "comment" FAIL
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  • nforce4max
    mayankleoboy1only 465 was fail. just like the 5830.


    Cough 6790
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  • LATTEH
    aww i wish you guys did a left 4 dead bench.. since the source engine is one of the must played engines!
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  • vvhocare5
    hmmm an article about graphics and we dont have someone asking which graphics card is best or which one to buy for their next build??
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  • srgess
    i have the gtx 480 with gelid cooler and i idle at 36 and load 55 degree and decibel lower then my other pc case fan wich are very silent. it only fail cuz of the original nvidia cooling design, if you had a vapor chamber like the 570 on the gtx480 i bet you its gonna be cooler then 570/580
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  • grody
    Quite a lengthy article for a card that TH basically told everyone to skip in favor of the 570/580.
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  • randyzie
    Awh...was hoping the 270 beta would be in here :(
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  • dgingeri
    I'm sticking with my 260.99 drivers for my dual GTX 470s. the 266.58 drivers have given me no end of problems, with SLi only being enabled sometimes, while the control panel won't even give me the option to enable it other times. Constant quality issues as well. the 266.58 drivers are horrible. Now I find out the newer drivers drive down my performance on my favorite game. Nvidia is really slacking off on driver quality lately.
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  • Ogdin
    LATTEHaww i wish you guys did a left 4 dead bench.. since the source engine is one of the must played engines!


    Ya but a 4 slice toaster can run the source engine at over 100 fps no point in using it here.
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  • travish82
    Great article, but I have one slight bone to pick. Can you explain why you chose to use the 2500K processor? A year ago, that processor wasn't available, so these charts don't really present a real-world situation. I think it would have made a lot more sense if you had used a processor that was in computers a year ago.
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  • 17seconds
    It seems like it's always a good idea to at least try out new WHQL and beta drivers, since the trend seems to be progressively improved performance overall. This is another area where Nvidia has an advantage in the fact that there are more driver versions available to download, both official and unofficial ones released by board partners.
    http://downloads.guru3d.com/Videocards---NVIDIA-ForceWare-Vista_c32.html
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  • dalta centauri
    nforce4maxCough 6790

    6790? If it launched in the replacement of the 5830 it wouldn't have been a fail, or even if they launched around the same time. Overall, it appears the 6790 doesn't have the same issues as the 5830 oriignally had (Or still do).
    So, it's a fail although it's a fail mainly due to it's release date.
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