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Review: KFA2 GeForce GTX 480 LTD OC Anarchy graphics card

by Tarinder Sandhu on 6 October 2010, 08:00 4.0

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How we test

A complete breakdown of our comparison GPUs, test bench and benchmarks can be found below. We've thrown in 15 other GPU combinations.

The 10 comparison NVIDIA cards have all been previously benchmarked with the ForceWare 258.80 driver; this is updated to the WHQL-certified v258.96 for the KFA2 Anarchy.

We've also included the twin-GPU Radeon HD 5970, benchmarked on the latest Catalyst 10.9 set.








GPU comparisons

Graphics cards Current pricing GPU clock (MHz) Stream processors Shader clock (MHz) Memory clock (MHz) Memory bus (bits) Graphics driver
KFA2 GeForce GTX 480 Anarchy 1,536MB £410 760 480 1,520 3,800 384 ForceWare 258.96
ASUS GeForce GTX 480 1,536MB £360 700 480 1,401 3,698 384 ForceWare 258.80
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 470 SOC 1,280MB £300 700 448 1,400 3,348 320 ForceWare 258.80
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 470 1,280MB £230 607 448 1,215 3,348 320 ForceWare 258.80
ASUS GeForce GTX 465 1,024MB £170 607 352 1,215 3,208 256 ForceWare 258.80
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 SLI 1,024MB £330 675 336 (x2) 1,350 3,600 256 (x2) ForceWare 258.80
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SC SLI 768MB £280 763 336 (x2) 1,526 3,800 192 (x2) ForceWare 258.80
KFA2 GeForce GTX 460 LTD OC 1,024MB £195 810 336 1,620 4,000 256 ForceWare 258.80
Inno3D GeForce GTX 460 OC 1,024MB £185 750 336 1,500 3,800 256 ForceWare 258.80
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 1,024MB £165 675 336 1,350 3,600 256 ForceWare 258.80
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB £135 675 336 1,350 3,600 192 ForceWare 258.80
XFX Radeon HD 5970 2,048MB £450 725 3,200 725 4,000 256 (x2) Catalyst 10.9
Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 XF 1,024MB £470 725 1,440 (x2) 725 4,000 256 (x2) Catalyst 10.6
HIS Radeon HD 5870 1,024MB £320 850 1,600 850 4,800 256 Catalyst 10.6
Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1,024MB £235 725 1,440 725 4,000 256 Catalyst 10.6
Sapphire Radeon HD 5830 1,024MB £160 800 1,120 800 4,000 256 Catalyst 10.6

Test bench

CPU Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition (3.20GHz, 8MB L3 cache, quad-core, LGA1366 - Turbo Boost enabled)
Motherboard ASUS P6X58D Premium
Motherboard BIOS 0808
Memory 6GB Corsair DDR3
Memory timings and speed 9-9-9-24-1T @ DDR3-1,600
PSU Corsair HX1000W
Monitor Dell 30in 3007WFP - 2,560x1,600px
Disk drive(s) Corsair Nova V128 SSD
Operating system Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-bit

Benchmarks

Aliens vs. Predator DX11, 1,680x1,050, 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 resolutions, 2xAA, 8xAF, very high quality.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 DX11, 1,680x1,050, 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 resolutions, 4xAA, 16xAF, ultra quality, FRAPS-recorded benchmark.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 DX9, 1,680x1,050, 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 resolutions, 4xAA, ultra quality, FRAPS-recorded benchmark.
Crysis Warhead DX10, 1,680x1,050, 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 resolutions, 4xAA, gamer quality, Frost map, FRAPS-recorded benchmark.
DiRT 2 DX11, 1,680x1,050, 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 resolutions, 4xAA, ultra quality, London map.
Temperature To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record GPU core temperature both when idle and whilst playing Crysis Warhead. And, for a worst-case scenario, we throw in numbers from the FurMark stress test.
Power consumption To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record mains power draw both when idle and whilst playing Crysis Warhead. And, for a worst-case scenario, we throw in numbers from the FurMark stress test.