Half a year since AMD's release of the RV870 Cypress processor and the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series based on it, Nvidia has finally responded with the new graphics architecture called Fermi and two graphics cards that embody it: GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470. Many users have been eagerly anticipating this release and now, basing on various reviews and tests, begin to make up their minds as to what graphics card would be best for playing modern DirectX 11 games. There is still some time left for making a shopping decision as the Fermi cards are going to hit the shops by mid-April only. We had not managed to get hold of the card prior to the announcement of the Fermi architecture, so this first review and test session are published with a few days delay. Let's hope the wait was worth it!
Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 Specifications
The technical specifications of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 graphics card are listed in the next table in comparison with its market opponent as well as with its predecessor GeForce GTX 285.
There is a lot of information about the Fermi architecture on the Web already. You can also read through the official documentation. So, let's move on straight to business.