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The GTX480 is another heavy hitter from Gainward. The GTX480 was introcuced around March of last year, and is still rated one of the higher end cards over a year later.
I purchased this card around 6 months ago for a custom build, and man this thing packs a punch. The GTX480 pumps out a massive 1536MB of DDR5 ram with 700mhz clock speed.
Included with the card are a drivers cd and a instruction manual.
Some of the added features of the GTX480 are:
Windows 7 Compatability
Open GL 3.2 Support
DirectX 11 Ready.
3D Vision Surround.
NVIDIA PureVideo HD
PCI Express 2.0
Tessellation — to increase at runtime the number of visible polygons from a low detail polygonal model
Multithreaded rendering — to render to the same Direct3D device object from different threads for multi core CPUs
Compute shaders — which exposes the shader pipeline for non-graphical tasks such as stream processing and physics acceleration, similar in spirit to what OpenCL, NVIDIA CUDA, ATI Stream achieves, and HLSL Shader Model 5 among others.
Other notable features are the addition of two new texture compression algorithms for more efficient packing of high quality and HDR/alpha textures and an increased texture cache.One of the best things about this card is the PCI Express 2.0 capability, it will take you less than 5 minutes to install the card and get up and running.
On top of all that, the GTX480 has a mini HD and dual dvi output, so you can connect up to two displays for premium gaming and editing. This card is ideal for hardcore gamers and editing. With DirectX 11 support this baby brings out the best in games and screen quality.
As far as gaming goes, the GTX480 will run them all. From Black Ops to Dirt 3 to F.E.A.R 3 the GTX480 handles perfectly. This card can even be used well with bitcoin miners.
And for stability, iv never had any problems with it. The large fan built in keeps the card nice and cool, and better yet the card comes with some decent programs to let you overclock it with ease.
Iv tried to look for the cons in this card, but as far as the card goes its perfect in my opinion. The only problem is that its a bit pricey, but with a bit of looking you can pick it up for under £200.
If you want to get a reliable heavy hitting card then the GTX480 is ideal.