The Test

With the launch of the GTX 400 series, we have gone ahead and completely rebuilt our benchmark suite. This includes rotating out several games for several new games, giving us a nice mix of DX9/10 and DX11 games. Everything else has been rebenchmarked using the latest drivers, and our power data has changed as we installed an Antec 1200W PSUin order to keep up with the potential power demands of a pair of GTX 480s in SLI.

For the AMD cards, we used AMD’s Catalyst 10.3a drivers along with the latest driver profile update. For NVIDIA’s cards NVIDIA supplied us with their Forceware 197.17 drivers, which only work for the GTX 400 series. For the rest of the NVIDIA cards we used the 197.13 drivers.

CPU: Intel Core i7-920 @ 3.33GHz
Motherboard: Intel DX58SO (Intel X58)
Chipset Drivers: Intel 9.1.1.1015 (Intel)
Hard Disk: OCZ Summit (120GB)
Memory: Patriot Viper DDR3-1333 3 x 2GB (7-7-7-20)
Video Cards: AMD Radeon HD 5970
AMD Radeon HD 5870
AMD Radeon HD 5850
AMD Radeon HD 5830
AMD Radeon HD 5770
AMD Radeon HD 5750
AMD Radeon HD 4890
AMD Radeon HD 4870 1GB
AMD Radeon HD 4850
AMD Radeon HD 3870
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
Video Drivers: NVIDIA ForceWare 197.13
NVIDIA ForceWare 197.17
AMD Catalyst 10.3a
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Image Quality & AA Crysis: Warhead
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  • Matt Campbell - Monday, August 02, 2010 - link

    Ryan, what was the special sauce you used to get Badaboom working on Fermi? My GTX 460 won't run it, and Elemental's website says Fermi support won't get added until Q4 2010. http://badaboomit.com/node/507 Reply
  • niceboy60 - Friday, August 20, 2010 - link

    I have the same probleme on my GTX 480 , Badaboom does not work on fermi ,according with my own experience and Badaboom official web site
    I dont think this benchmarks are accurate
    Reply
  • niceboy60 - Friday, August 20, 2010 - link

    I bought a GTX 480 based on this review as I do a considerable amount of video converting
    Just to find out ,dispite the GTX 480 is showing very good resaults when using Badaboom
    The truth is Badaboom is not compatible yet with any GTX 400 series according with The badaboom web site .
    Reply
  • adder1971 - Friday, September 17, 2010 - link

    The Badaboom website says it does not work and when I try it with the GTX 465 it does not work. How were you able to get it to work? I have the NVIDIA latest release drivers as of today and the latest released version of Badaboom. Reply
  • wizardking - Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - link

    I bought this card for it only ! I used badaboom with number which you use !!!!!! Reply
  • IcarusLSC - Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - link

    How'd you set the 4x + TrSS 4x mode in Battlefield BC2? I can't find anythign that resembles it in the nVidia panel at all to force it etc...
    Thanks!
    Reply
  • jmkayu - Thursday, October 14, 2010 - link

    Please do yourselves a favour, do not believe every paid review you see, and listen to actual users. In an unprecedented move of arrogance, nVidia has intentionally crippled the entire 400 series performance for anything but mainstream games. When 8000 series handily outperform the new 400, we have a problem. Check the following user discussions, and especially the last one from a developer.

    http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=18157...
    http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=16675...
    http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubbthreads...
    http://news2.mcneel.com/scripts/dnewsweb.exe?cmd=a...
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