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SPARKLE Proudly Announced GeForce GTX 480/470 Graphics Cards

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Taipei, Taiwan – March 26, 2010 - SPARKLE Computer Co., Ltd., the professional VGA card manufacturer and supplier, today proudly announced the SPARKLE GeForce GTX 480/470 Graphics Cards, which are the most powerful single chip graphics cards on the planet for gaming and beyond.


Model Number


Graphics Processing Unit

GeForce GTX 480 / GeForce GTX 470

Core Clock

700MHz / 607MHz

Memory Clock

3696MHz / 3348MHz

Memory Type

1536MB GDDR5 / 1280MB GDDR5

Memory Interface

384-bit / 320-bit

Stream Processors

480 / 448

Stream Processors Clock

1401MHz / 1215MHz

Bus Type

PCI-Express 2.0


400 MHz


MiniHDMI + Dual DVI

Fastest DX11 HD Gaming Experience
Packing in 3 billion transistors, double the CUDA cores of previous generation GPUs, a high speed GDDR5 memory interface, and full DirectX 11 support, the SPARKLE GeForce GTX 480/470 Graphics Cards are designed for groundbreaking graphics performance. With a revolutionary new scalable geometry pipeline and enhanced anti-aliasing capabilities, the SPARKLE GeForce GTX 480/470 Graphics Cards are the world’s most powerful single GPU graphics cards solution, delivering up to 3 times faster performance than previous GTX 285 single GPUsolutions. With the power of GF100 GPUs, the SPARKLE GeForce GTX 480/470 Graphics Cards bring ultimate DX11 HD gaming experience to high-end gamers. The SPARKLE GeForce GTX 480/470 Graphics Cards place gamers in the center of the action and experience true DirectX 11 gaming cinema in extreme HD (2560x1600) resolutions—all enabled by GF100's revolutionary compute architecture, NVIDIA 3-way SLI technology, and incredible performance in the latest DX11 games including Dirt 2, Stalker:OCP, Alien VS. Predator, Metro 2033 and so on. With 1.5~3 times more performance than prior generation GPUs,  the SPARKLE GeForce GTX 480/470 Graphics Cards tear through complex DirectX 10 environments and cinematic effects at blazing frame rates in extreme HD resolutions.

The Revolutionary Compute Architecture for Gaming

The SPARKLE GeForce GTX 480/470 Graphics Cards adopt the GF100 architecture which implements all DirectX 11 hardware features, including Tessellation and DirectCompute, among others. GF100 brings forward a vastly improved compute architecture designed specifically to support next generation gaming effects such as raytracing, order-independent transparency, and fluid simulations.
Game performance and image quality receive a tremendous boost, and GF100 enables film-like
geometric realism for game characters and objects.

Geometric realism is central to the GF100 architectural enhancements for graphics. In addition, PhysX simulations are much faster, and developers can utilize GPU computing features in games most effectively with GF100.

High Performance In Tessellation Brings Film-like Geometric Realism
While Tessellation has mostly been used in films. With the introduction of DirectX 11 and NVIDIA’s GF100, developers will be able to harness these powerful techniques for gaming applications, gamers will fully immerse in the film-like geometric realism brought by these DirectX 11 titles, such as Dirt 2, Stalker:OCP, Alien VS. Predator, Metro 2033 and so on.
With the GF100's PolyMorph Engine, the  Tessellation allows more complex animations possible, so that rough edges become more rough, smooth edges become more smooth, the caracks closes more accurately with more realistic shadows. And since Tessellation is only applied to necessary areas, game performance is not compromised.

The SPARKLE GeForce GTX 480/470 Graphics Cards are built ground up for Tessellation up to 8X faster geometry performance than GTX285. Using Tessellation technology, the SPARKLE GeForce GTX 480/470 Graphics Cards can bring realistic water -- up to 1.6 billion triangles/s and realistic hair - 18,000 strands!

Ray Tracing Support: The Future Of Gaming
The SPARKLE GeForce GTX 480/470 Graphics Cards brings interactive ray tracing to the consumer market for the first time, providing a glimpse into the future of visual realism in games. By tracing the path of light through a 3D scene, ray tracing uses the power of the GF100 GPUs to create spectacular, photo-realistic visuals. GF100’s compute architecture was built specifically with ray tracing in mind. GF100 is the first GPU to support recursion in hardware, enabling efficient ray tracing and a host of other graphics algorithms.GF100 excels not just at standard ray tracing, but also at advanced global illumination algorithms such as path tracing, which uses a much larger number of rays to collect ambient lighting information from the scene. To sustain performance, a game may use ray tracing selectively. This hybrid model of rendering enables fast performance with great image quality. Thanks to the innovative unified cache architecture in GF100, ray tracing on the SPARKLE GeForce GTX 480/470 Graphics Cards runs up to 4 times faster than prior generation GPUs.

2~3X PhysX Performance over GTX285
Helped with the GF100 compute architecture, the SPARKLE GeForce GTX 480/470 Graphics Cards are designed to take NVIDIA® PhysX® technology to the next level—making games more lifelike than ever before with advanced effects such as turbulence and fluid dynamics. The new NVIDIA® GigaThread hardware scheduler allows 10 times faster switching between graphics and physics processing, enabling more complex effects to be rendered in real time. The overall PhysX performance is 2-3 times faster on previous GeForce GTX 285 graphics card.

Total Immersive With NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround Technology
Prepare to be blown away by the most immersive PC gaming experience imaginable. Leveraging the power of multiple GF100 GPUs in an NVIDIA SLI configuration, NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround enables a new level of eye-popping 3D stereo gaming, expanding your real estate across 3 panels for the ultimate “inside the game” feeling. The SPARKLE GeForce GTX 480/470 Graphics Cards provide the incredible graphics horsepower to run your game in 3D stereo, across 3 panels, at HD resolutions up to 5760x1080.

The SPARKLE GeForce GTX 480/470 Graphics Cards aslo support gaming across three non-3D displays with resolutions up to 2560x1600,it's the best in Class 2D Surround Gaming.

1536MB/1280MB Incredible Large High Speed  GDDR5 Video Memory
Today‘s DX11 game, such as Stalker: Call Of Pripyat, Metro 2033, they insanely use as large as possible number of bump texture, transparent texture to describe faces of characters and render realistic gaming scenes, so these DX11 games put rigorous demands on the bandwidth and capacities of video memory. The current situation demands at least 1GB video memory to run these games. Compared with previous GTX 285 cards on market with 1GB GDDR3 video memory, the  SPARKLE GeForce GTX 480/470 Graphics Cards come with incredible large 1536MB/1280MB high speed GDDR5 video memory, making them to be first batch of DX11 single chip graphics cards in the world with video memory capacity larger than 1GB.
3-Way SLI Support
The SPARKLE GeForce GTX 480/470 Graphics Cards supports NVIDIA 3-way SLI technology, which provides even higher frame rates and permits higher quality settings for the ultimate experience in PC gaming when connected to a high-end, high-resolution monitor.
3nd Generation PureVideo  HD
High-definition video decoder and post-processor delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video and accurate color for movies and video.
NVIDIA™CUDA Technology With 512 cores CUDA C/C++ Support
CUDA technology unlocks the power of the GF00's 512 processor cores to accelerate the most demanding system tasks such as video transcoding delivering up to 7x performance over traditional CPUs.
OpenGL 3.2 Optimization and Support
Ensures top‐notch compatibility and performance for OpenGL applications.

The SPARKLE GeForce GTX 480/470 Graphics Cards Comes with 3 free Applications Bundled.

MAGIX Video Easy, which is the first video editing program for the whole family. It's so easy to use that even beginners without any prior skills will be able to design breathtaking videos in just a short time. Transform recordings of family celebrations, vacations, or special events into video DVDs or present your videos on the Internet with ease.

SPARKLE GTX470/480 also offer Supersonic Sled and Design Garage,2 new, exciting NVIDIA applications which showcase how GeForce and these new products are driving the future of gaming. Supersonic Sled is a timed race game involving a rocket-driven sled on a 6-mile track. It provides a compelling and interactive showcase of DX11 Tessellation, PhysX, CUDA particles, and fluid simulation. Design Garage is new, exciting demonstration of ray tracing technology. Interact with the most exclusive vehicles on the road and create incredibly photo-realistic images. Harness every last bit of GF100 compute power using CUDA accelerated ray tracing.

With these two applications, SPARKLE wants to literally give consumers the keys to the new GF100 architecture. To expose and showcase the new level of interactivity and realism that this architecture enables. Applications so compelling that consumers will spend hours playing with.