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ASUS ENGTX480-2D1-1536 Geforce GTX 480 Videocard Review

ASUS ENGTX480-2D1-1536 Geforce GTX 480 Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: NVIDIA does stress that the Geforce GTX 480 is more than just a gaming card however. It's the first videocard to use NVIDIA's Fermi architecture, which is a radical departure from the design of previous Geforce videocards.
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Jun 09 2010   Julian Apong  
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nVidia GTX480 Fermi Overclocking

Overclocking Results:
Stock Overclocked
GPU Speed: 700 MHz 819 MHz
Memory Speed: 924 MHz 1042 MHz
If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

The ASUS ENGTX480 2DI/1536MD5 videocard ships clocked at 701MHz GPU, 924MHz memory and 1401MHz shader, but what fun is that?

Using nVidia's nTune utility PCSTATS is going to try its hand at overclocking this Fermi-based GTX 480 a little faster...

Needless to say, we had to switch out the usual power supply typically used for videocard benchmarking at PCSTATS with a newer 80-Plus gold rated Seasonic X750 model that offers enough power to actually power the monster GTX480!

GPU Overclocking

Using nVidia's nTune software, the GPU was overclocked from its default state of 701MHz. The Geforce GTX 480 easily managed 759MHz, 804MHz, 836MHz, 872MHz and 894MH, but crashed when we attempted to run it at 894MHz or even 882MHz. Eventually we settled on a max GTX480 GPU overclock of 869MHz, which pushed the shaders up from 1401MHz to 1738MHz in the process.

Memory Overclocking

With the GPU back at default speeds our attention turned to the 1536MB of GDDR5 memory. Using nVidia's nTune software, the memory was overclocked from its default state of 924MHz (or 3696MHz quad-pumped) in small increments. The RAM easily managed 1023MHz but caused the system to crash if pushed to 1109MHz. After a few more minutes of different clock speeds, and burning our fingers on the GTX480's heatsink a couple times as fans were repositioned around it, PCSTATS finally settled on a max GDDR5 memory overclock of 1055MHz, or 4220MHz quad-pumped.


Default settings for the GTX480 Videocard.

Overclocking both the NVidia Geforce GTX480 GPU and GDDR5 memory together proved to be way more difficult. The Geforce GTX480 already spits out a ton of heat in its standard operating parameters, so the first step was to boost fan speed to 100%. The heatsink gets pretty hot, and we managed to burn the back our hand a couple times as fans were repositioned near the ASUS ENGTX480 to provide additional cooling.

The first GPU/Memory overclocking attempt was 869MHz GPU / 1055MHz memory, which promptly crashed. Pressing on PCSTATS tried 848/1055... crash, 826/1042....crash, 819/1008.... okay! After a few more attempts we managed to increase the memory speed a little further for a final maximum overclock of 819MHz GPU and 1042MHz memory.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the ASUS ENGTX480 2DI/1536MD5 videocard was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. All benchmarks for the videocard were run in Windows 7 Ultimate, the reference video cards were tested in both Windows XP and Vista for the DX10 benchmarks. PCSTATS is in the process of making the transition to a Windows 7 and Intel CPU test platform, so keep this in mind as you scan the benchmark results. In the second column are the general specs this videocard is compared against.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
VGA Test System Reference System #1 Reference System #2
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (775) Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (775) AMD Athlon64 FX-62 (AM2)
Clock Speed:

15 x 200MHz = 3.0GHz

14 x 200MHz = 2.6GHz 14 x 200MHz = 2.8GHz
Motherboards:

ASUS P5E3 Premiun (Intel X48 Express)

MSI X48 Platinum (Intel X48 Express)

Foxconn C51XEM2 (NF 590 SLI)
Videocard:

Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD
ASUS ENGTX480 2DI/1536MD5
ASUS EAH5850 TOP DirectCU TOP/2DIS/1GD5
Gigabyte GV-R567OC-1GI
Gigabyte GV-N285OC-2GI
Gigabyte GV-N26SO-896I
Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA
ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3
Sparkle GTX260 Core 216
ASUS ENGTS250 DK
ASUS EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A Rev.B
ASUS EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A
ASUS EAH4770 FML/DI/512MD5/A
ASUS EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI
ASUS EN9600GT DI/512MD3/A
ASUS EN9400GT/DI/1G(LP)
Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I



Palit Radeon HD 4870X2
ASUS Radeon EAH4850/HTDI/512MA
MSI Radeon R3870X2-T2D1G-OC
ASUS Radeon EAH3870X2 1G
Diamond HD 3650 Pe 512
MSI R4830-T2D512-OC

ASUS EAX1900XTX/2DHTV/512M/A
ASUS EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD
Foxconn FV-N88SMCD2-ONOC
MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC
nVidia GeForce 8600GTS SLI
Foxconn 8600GTS-256
MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC
MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC
Gigabyte GV-NX85T256H SLI
Gigabyte GV-NX85T256H
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E
Gigabyte GV-NX76GT256D-RH
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 7600GS
Albatron 8600GT-256
MSI NX8800GT-T2D512E-OC
ASUS EN8800GT TOP/G/HTDP/512M/A
Palit 9600GT Sonic
Biostar V903GT52-NV1AN *

Memory:

Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-1800C7D (DDR3)

Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C3 (DDR2)

Hard Drive:

74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740

CDROM:

ASUS BC-1205PT-BD Blu-Ray Drive

Monitor (1080p):

ASUS MK241 24" HD LCD

Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 750W
Heatsink : Intel E8400 Reference Intel E6750 Reference Athlon64 FX-62 Reference Heatsink
Test System Setup:

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
Intel INF 9.1.1.1019
ATI Catalyst 10.2

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit
Intel INF 9.1.1.1019
Catalyst 9.3
Forceware 185.85
nVidia 15.23

Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit*

Benchmarks:

3DMark06
3DMark Vantage
STALKER Clear Sky / Call of Pripyat
FEAR
Crysis
Call of Juarez
Lost Planet
Heaven Benchmark 2.0
Sisoft Sandra 15.72

Benchmark results are organized by GPU manufacturer first (AMD/ATI or nVidia), then by GPU generation, and then by GPU class (high end, mainstream, value). This approach provides a clearer view of how performance can differ from generation to generation, and class to previous generation. The product being tested is marked with the red colour bar.

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Contents of Article: ASUS ENGTX480-2D1-1536
 Pg 1.  ASUS ENGTX480-2D1-1536 Geforce GTX 480 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  nVidia GTX480 Exposed
 Pg 3.  — nVidia GTX480 Fermi Overclocking
 Pg 4.  Videocard Power Consumption
 Pg 5.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 6.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage
 Pg 7.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 8.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Crysis
 Pg 9.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez
 Pg 10.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Lost Planet
 Pg 11.  DX11/DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: STALKER, Heaven 2
 Pg 12.  AA/AF Videocard Benchmarks: Crysis
 Pg 13.  GPGPU Videocard Benchmarks: Sandra 2009
 Pg 14.  NVIDIA's latest... too little, too late?

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