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

Benchmark Results: Aliens Vs. Predator (DX11)

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Header Cell - Column 0 1680x1050High/No AA1680x1050Ultra/4x MSAA1920x1080High/No AA1920x1080Ultra/4x MSAA2560x1600High/No AA2560x1600Ultra/4x MSAA
Percent Gainfrom 197.41 to 266.5814.34%12.09%14.72%13.35%20.52%17.77%

Aliens vs. Predators was released prior to the GeForce GTX 480's launch, and it provides the most impressive results thus far. Across the board, there is about a 15% jump in performance. At low-quality settings at 2560x1600, the GeForce GTX 480 suddenly achieves 20% higher performance than when it first debuted.

If you look at this from one driver to the next, there are very clear trends. From 197.41 to 257.21 and 260.89 to 266.58, there is virtually no improvement. Any speed-up seems to occur somewhere between two and six months after the GeForce GTX 480's release.

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

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

  • theyohan
    I hear good things about that new Nvidia 270.51 beta driver.
  • 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.
  • andy5174
    GTX480/470/465.... Fail
  • 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
  • acku
    9512364 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:

  • cpy
    257.21 looks best for me as wow player and sc2 player :)
  • gofasterstripes
    TBH it looks like good work from the green team. Cool, my 470 is getting bumped for free
    On second thoughts, maybe 'cool' is the wrong word.....
  • Mario75
    andy5174GTX480/470/465.... Fail
    Nope - trolls actually FAIL.Also your "comment" FAIL
  • nforce4max
    mayankleoboy1only 465 was fail. just like the 5830.
    Cough 6790