Graphics Card GeForce GTX 480 is only slightly faster than Radeon HD 5870

Monday, February 22, 2010

It seems that rumors about the fantastic performance of NVIDIA-based architecture Fermi, which supposedly should make up for so long, their expectation, were greatly exaggerated. In any case, it is such a conclusion is, after familiarization with the data published resource SemiAccurate. According to the information provided, the performance graphics card GeForce GTX 480 performed on the basis of the chip GF100 (Fermi), at higher resolutions, only 5 per cent greater than those of rival adapter AMD Radeon HD 5870. Earlier data showed much more significant advantage of 60 percent.

It should be noted that the debut of the video card GeForce GTX 480 is expected only in late March, while the graphics accelerator Radeon HD 5870 have long been available on the market, and production costs of its production will certainly lower than in the case of a product NVIDIA.

As for the second of its planned release of NVIDIA video cards based on the Fermi, known as the GeForce GTX 470, although its performance and not judged in this test, it is likely to be even lower than the Radeon HD 5870. Of course, the architecture Fermi, used in the chip GF100, has its advantages, especially when performing tessellation when use all 512 available shader (they stream) processors.

For example, in benchmark Unigine Heaven graphics card GeForce GTX 470 Radeon HD 5870 exceeded twice the number of points. However, it should be borne in mind that the performance in real conditions, as a rule, differs from the results shown in the synthetic tests. However, one undeniable plus in the upcoming appearance on the market adapters GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 available. After all, they must be among the first decisions of the NVIDIA technology to support DirectX 11.