Testing Methodology and System Setup
NVIDIA provided us with an early look at new version of GPU-Z that properly recognizes and reports on the GF100-based parts we were testing.
GeForce GTX 480
GeForce GTX 470
It appears that all of our specs are validated and verified here. On to the testing!
There was quite a debate between NVIDIA and AMD on what should be compared here in our review. NVIDIA was pushing the fact that the GTX 480 and GTX 470 are both single-GPU graphics cards and should be compared with the Radeon HD 5870 and HD 5850 respectively. AMD said that the power consumption results pushed the GTX 480 into a different segment than the HD 5870 and that it should be the direct competition of the dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970. For us, I decided to look at price.
The estimated pricing of our comparison cards looks like this:
- GeForce GTX 480 – $499
- GeForce GTX 470 – $349
- Radeon HD 5970 – $699 (if you can find them)
- Radeon HD 5870 – $429
- Radeon HD 5850 – $299
I also took this opportunity to add in a couple of DirectX 11 gaming titles to our test suite. Now that both NVIDIA and AMD have DX11 options available we can do a real apples-to-apples comparison that we just couldn’t do before. Towards the end of our benchmarks be on the lookout for both DiRT 2 and the new Metro 2033 pages.
- Testing Configuration
- ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution X58 + nForce 200
- Intel Core i7-965 @ 3.33 GHz
- 3 x 2GB Corsair DDR3-1333 MHz
- Intel X25-M G2 160GB SSD
- PC Power and Cooling 1200w Turbo Cool PSU