Performance in Synthetic and Semi-Synthetic Benchmarks
Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
We minimize the CPU’s influence by using the Extreme profile (1920x1200, 4x FSAA and anisotropic filtering). We also publish the results of the individual tests across all resolutions.
The GeForce GTX 480 SLI should please every computer enthusiast with its high 3DMark score: 18,000 points in the Extreme mode is quite a lot. This can only be beaten by adding more GPUs into the system.
The top-end SLI configuration wins the individual tests as well, its advantage over the Radeon HD 5870 CrossFire being especially conspicuous in the second test. By the way, the discrete tandem from AMD is no different from the Radeon HD 5970 in the second test whereas the difference in the first test is quite large.
Unigine Heaven Benchmark
The Nvidia Fermi architecture feels at its ease in this test. The GeForce GTX 480 SLI turns in an excellent result: 75% faster than the GeForce GTX 470 SLI at 2560x1600. Unfortunately, this is but a synthetic benchmark, even though the Unigine Heaven engine can be used for a full-featured game as well.