ASUS GeForce GTX 480
With the graphics pendulum having swung in ATI’s favor with their 5000 series lineup, the performance crown has resided in AMD’s corner for quite some time. But we know that achieving the crown and holding onto it are often two entirely different things. With Nvidia as competition, one can never rest on its laurels, and success can be fleeting. After ATI’s DX11-capable cards hit the marketplace ahead of its rival, the pressure was on Nvidia to step up to the plate and respond in kind. Rumors of the Fermi architecture gained traction, and soon speculation reached a feverish pitch, with claims that the new generation cards would be the grand slam that would vault Nvidia back into the Number One spot.
Now that Fermi has launched in the form of the GeForce GTX 470 and 480, speculation has been supplanted by fact, and that is what we are interested in seeing up close; the cold, hard facts. Just how fast is the new Nvidia flagship card? Is it the ATI Killer people had hoped? Today we’ll find out as we examine the ASUS GeForce GTX 480 in detail and run it through the paces.
ASUS is one of the few companies that sells both ATI and Nvidia products, and today we’ll be looking at its Nvidia side of things with the GTX 480. Perhaps you’re an Nvidia fanboy, perhaps you’re attracted by its PhysX capabilities, or maybe you want monster Folding@Home capabilities; whatever the reason, if Nvidia products appeal to you, then today should strike a chord.
The ASUS GTX 480 is based on the reference Nvidia design, but it does bring a few ASUS-specific features to the table. Like to overclock? Want to adjust voltages without voiding your warranty? Want the fastest single-GPU Nvidia card on the market? Then you’re in for a treat today. But you know the question on your mind is, “How close does it compare to the Radeon 5870?” We figured that question would come up foremost, so we’ve done the testing and have the answer. We also have a few other observations in store that you’ll certainly find interesting, so let’s get on with it already and check out the new Nvidia flagship graphics card from ASUS.
Thanks to ASUS for supplying the review sample.
ASUS, a technology-oriented company blessed with one of the world’s top R&D teams, is well known for high-quality and innovative technology. As a leading company in the new digital era, ASUS offers a complete product portfolio to compete in the new millennium. The philosophy of ASUS product development is to do the fundamentals well first before moving forward. Started with computer components such as motherboards, graphic cards, and optical storage devices, ASUS now has now over 16 product lines, including desktop barebone systems, servers, notebooks, handhelds, network devices, broadband communications, LCD monitors, TVs, wireless applications, and CPT (chassis, power supply and thermal) products.