NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Review

Author: Michael "SKYMTL" Hoenig
Date: March 25, 2010
Product Name: Michael "SKYMTL" Hoenig
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8x MSAA Testing (BF: BC2 / DiRT 2 / Dragon Age)

In this section we take a number of games we have tested previously in this review and bring things to the next level by pushing the in-game MSAA up to 8x. All other methodologies remain the same.

BattleField: Bad Company 2 (DX11)
Note that 8x MSAA is enabled via the gameís config file for the NVIDIA cards since it is not a selectable option within the game menu

While the overall performance of NVIDIAís GTX 480 is only about 10% better than the HD 5870, minimum framerates once again tell an altogether different story with the 480 taking a 30% lead.

DIRT 2 (DX11)

DIRT 2 provides an interesting perspective since it has long been considered an ATI-friendly game, but the GTX 480 is able to narrowly eke out a win by 10%.

Dragon Age: Origins (DX9)

It looks like we found a chink in the GTX 480ís armour since it canít even seem to make its way past the HD 5870 in this test.

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