TechSpot: Revisiting GeForce GTX 480/470 vs. ATI Radeon HD 5870/5850

Although the Nvidia GeForce 400 series has been out for about 2 months now, it would seem the jury is still out on whether or not the series is a success. Some will tell you the GeForce GTX 480 is a power-hungry expensive GPU that failed to deliver, while others claim it lived up to the expectations as the world’s fastest single GPU graphics card and that power consumption figures are for sissies.

While we feel the truth might lie somewhere in the middle, it is time to take another look at the Nvidia GeForce GTX 480/470 vs. ATI Radeon HD 5870/5850 comparison.

We also wanted to revisit this high-end graphics card battle to settle a belief of the green team fans that the GeForce GTX 480 is far superior to the Radeon HD 5870 when measuring minimum frames per second. This is an interesting argument as the average fps results did not suggest a huge difference in minimum frame rate performance when we last tested, though it could be possible and therefore we wanted to find out if this were true or not.

Read: Comparison Revisited, Methods Refined: Nvidia GeForce GTX 480/470 vs. ATI Radeon HD 5870/5850

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He means Nvidia still wins in terms of FPS but if it comes to costs, that's a different story. Seeing how its only 30-50 more for 1 fps obviously anyone with a human brain and not retarded should know how to make the right choice. Unless of course a fan boy/girl who wouldn't care for the price.

The GTX 480 clearly has the ATI beat performance wise. Winning is winning, doesn't matter if its by 1 FPS or 10

Ridlas said,
The GTX 480 clearly has the ATI beat performance wise. Winning is winning, doesn't matter if its by 1 FPS or 10

Thats not what your power bill or wallet will be saying.

Ridlas said,
The GTX 480 clearly has the ATI beat performance wise. Winning is winning, doesn't matter if its by 1 FPS or 10

Would you pay 50$ more for a card if it was 1fps more? i doubt it.

Ridlas said,
The GTX 480 clearly has the ATI beat performance wise. Winning is winning, doesn't matter if its by 1 FPS or 10

A win by a small margin, with a large extra price margin, worse price to performance ratio, massive power consumption... Sounds like a pretty hollow victory to me.

For measuring performance in Battlefield Bad Company 2 we relied on FRAPS, recording a minute of gameplay from the second level.

this and other methodologies including turning tesselation off in metro2033 makes this review pointless.

for the record on pre 257 drivers, settings on high including high tesselation metro is quite playable on a 480 based system, contrary to what this review claims.

Once again the ATI card I have, the fan on it is FAILING!
This has happened with every ATI I've got (9600 PRO, 9800 PRO, x1600 PRO, x1650 PRO)

Anyone got any decent tips to stop the crappy fan from botching up?
I'm tempted to superglue a huge external fan on it and wire it up

n_K said,
Once again the ATI card I have, the fan on it is FAILING!
This has happened with every ATI I've got (9600 PRO, 9800 PRO, x1600 PRO, x1650 PRO)

Anyone got any decent tips to stop the crappy fan from botching up?
I'm tempted to superglue a huge external fan on it and wire it up

Pfft. Maybe you got too much dust clogging it up.

n_K said,
Once again the ATI card I have, the fan on it is FAILING!
This has happened with every ATI I've got (9600 PRO, 9800 PRO, x1600 PRO, x1650 PRO)

Anyone got any decent tips to stop the crappy fan from botching up?
I'm tempted to superglue a huge external fan on it and wire it up

You know you can buy fans made for video cards that you don't have to super glue.

My advice to stop the fan failing is to buy a card from a better manufacturer, Asus ATI cards are quite good, never had a problem with their fans.

n_K said,
Once again the ATI card I have, the fan on it is FAILING!
This has happened with every ATI I've got (9600 PRO, 9800 PRO, x1600 PRO, x1650 PRO)

Anyone got any decent tips to stop the crappy fan from botching up?
I'm tempted to superglue a huge external fan on it and wire it up

My HiS 4850 has an aftermarket cooler built in by default. Well worth it.

Looks like Nvidia is dropping the ball. They had, i think, about 6 months to improve on ATI performance, and they come out with a relatively small improvement, hot and power hungry chip. Not a good future outlook. We can only hope that Nvidia is doing what ATI did with 2k and 3k series. Making larger changes in architecture and design for future dominance...