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The GeForce GTX 480 Update: 3-Way SLI, 3D Vision, And Noise

Benchmark Results: Metro 2033

In another throwback to the GeForce GTX 480 review, Metro 2033 debuted as a real performance ball-buster. Despite driver updates from both Nvidia and AMD, it still hammers frame rates by virtue of DirectX 11 (specifically DirectCompute-based) optimizations.

At 1680x1050, we’re already seeing frame rates so low as to be almost unplayable on a single Radeon HD 5870 or GeForce GTX 480. Dropping in a second card helps in both cases, while a third card does virtually nothing for the GeForce GTX 480.

Stepping up to 1920x1200 hits performance even harder, and adding a second card to either graphics subsystem profoundly improves frame rates. The third card again does little for the GeForce GTX 480 setup. More notable, perhaps, is that AMD’s performance completely falls off with MSAA enabled.

Not even the GeForce GTX 480s are immune to this game’s extreme demands at 2560x1600 with AA turned on. It looks like this combination of settings will remain an unattainable benchmark for a while yet. While the Radeon HD 5870s choke even under the influence of AAA, two and three GTX 480s are at least able to serve up modest performance here.

  • anonymous x
    Why don't you overclock that cpu higher? Only 3.3 Ghz? The 3rd GTX 480 looks like it's being bottlenecked. You can see the scaling is excellent at high resolutions with AA (from 1 to 2 to 3 cards), but at lower resolutions without AA there's no gain.
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  • lashton
    and why not check it against the 5890, the 480GTX is nvidia fastest card, put it against ATI Fastest Card
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  • cangelini
    There's a good chance that more CPU would def. help at the lower resolutions--one of the reasons I chose 2560 for the comparisons at the end ;-) For one reason or another, wasn't having much luck getting the retail i7-930/Eclipse Plus combo to overclock very well.
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  • cangelini
    lashtonand why not check it against the 5890, the 480GTX is nvidia fastest card, put it against ATI Fastest Card
    A pair of 5870s is actually going to be faster. Should I swing a second 5970, though, I do think a pair of 5970s vs. the three GTX 480s would be a good comparison!
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  • cruiseoveride
    Crappy ATi drivers.
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  • lunyone
    Did I miss something, but there is NO mention of the power consumption of the 3 x 480's??
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  • I have no clue where you people are getting this "5890" Statement from... They have the 5870, and then the next step up is the 5970... Is that what you're trying to say?
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  • cangelini
    stuk1intI have no clue where you people are getting this "5890" Statement from... They have the 5870, and then the next step up is the 5970... Is that what you're trying to say?
    Bleh, it's late and it has been a long weekend. Edited :)
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  • SpadeM
    Quad fire with 5850 would have been nice (thinking back to a builder marathon with quad fire) to see if ati's quad cards made any improovement over last years ones. Also i agree with lunyone, I for one would have been interested to see the numbers on load for the 3 nvidia cards with the 800W gold power supply (and maybe a comment from you cris about what power supply u think is best for the job. Either go lower wattage but a high efficiency psu or higher wattage but lower efficiency)

    Anyways, it was a informative article, looking forward to a full 512 sp card from nvidia and the second revision to the fermi core.
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  • JeanLuc
    stuk1intI have no clue where you people are getting this "5890" Statement from... They have the 5870, and then the next step up is the 5970... Is that what you're trying to say?
    The only place where the "5890" exists is in ATI's folder under 'What to do if Fermi is good".

    And yes where is the tri-sli power consumption numbers, there's no mention of it's omittance in the analysis.
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