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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI GeForce GTX 770
Red Dead Redemption 2 15% 45%
Halo: Reach 63% 54%
Cyberpunk 2077 58% 99%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 15% 45%
Doom Eternal 1% 24%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 58% 99%
Grand Theft Auto VI 76% 121%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 29% 11%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 58% 99%
Need For Speed Heat 15% 45%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 770.

The GeForce GTX 770 has a 345 MHz higher core clock speed but 52 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 480. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GeForce GTX 770 manages to provide 7.7 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GeForce GTX 770 has a 345 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 480, but the GTX 480 has 112 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 770. As a result, the GTX 480 exhibits a 67.4 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GeForce GTX 770. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GeForce GTX 770 was released over three years more recently than the GTX 480, and so the GeForce GTX 770 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 480 when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GTX 480 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GeForce GTX 770, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 480 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 480 has 130.5 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 770, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 480 is massively better than the GeForce GTX 770.

The GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI has 1440 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 770 has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 480 is 2019 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 770 is 1667. The GTX 480 having 352 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 480 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GTX 770.

The GeForce GTX 770 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 480. This means that the GeForce GTX 770 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 480.

The GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI requires 750 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 770 requires 230 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 1000 Watts for the GTX 480 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GeForce GTX 770. The GTX 480 requires 520 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 770 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 480 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GeForce GTX 770.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed701 MHzvs1046 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1085 MHz
ArchitectureFermi GF100-375-A3 (x3)Kepler GK104-425-A2
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date01 Mar 2010vs30 May 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed924 MHzvs1752 MHz
Memory Bus768 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth354.8GB/secvs224.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 2304 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1440vs1536
Actual Shader Performance97%vs80%
Texture Mapping Units180vs128
Texture Rate126.2 GTexel/svs133.9 GTexel/s
Render Output Units144vs32
Pixel Rate100.9 GPixel/svs33.5 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs0

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power750 Wattsvs230 Watts
Recommended PSU1000 Watts & 42 Ampsvs550 Watts & 37 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

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