Performance in Simulators
Colin McRae: Dirt 2
We enable the DirectX 11 mode for graphics cards that support it.
The top-end SLI platform is only ahead of the less advanced configuration at 2560x1600, yet we don’t think that this could justify an investment into building a GeForce GTX 480 SLI. Besides, you can build a rather quiet gaming platform with a pair of GeForce GTX 470 cards whereas the GeForce GTX 480 makes this hardly possible, even if you consider its versions with nonstandard coolers like the one of the Zotac GeForce GTX 480 AMP!.
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.
The game’s integrated benchmark cannot report the bottom frame rate. We use DirectX 10 and 10.1 modes here.
Like in the previous test, the GeForce GTX 480 SLI is better than the GeForce GTX 470 SLI, yet this advantage is not as large or useful as to justify the investment. This is also the reason why producing a dual-processor card with the specs of that SLI tandem makes no sense unless it is a product for collectors like the ASUS Mars.