Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI

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How well can the GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI run games
4 Jul 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI is only really challenged by the most demanding games released today, but normally it is more than capable of running games with a stable frame rate at 1080p. Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 11 requirement.

Here is a quick game performance synopsis for the AAA games played in 2020. In particular we focus on how well the GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI runs at Ultra graphics settings and what frames per second it is getting at 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitor resolutions. When considering how well this graphics card can run the 1000 most demanding games available today it can best 206 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.

First we looked at 1080p resolution for the GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI performance to explore what sort of benchmarks it would achieve on the popular title Horizon: Zero Dawn and predict it will deliver playable frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 103 FPS, Medium: 81 FPS, High: 55 FPS and Ultra: 39 FPS. We proceeded to look at Valorant to see how that compared and saw that it returned a strong 443 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We predict the GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI will run the upcoming game Horizon: Zero Dawn to a playable performance level. Predictions across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 79 FPS, Medium: 62 FPS, High: 42 FPS and Ultra: 30 FPS. Another game tested was Valorant, L: 892FPS, M: 703FPS, H: 473FPS, U: 338FPS. And then we checked graphics card performance on TrackMania Nations Remake, which returned L: 551FPS, M: 434FPS, H: 292FPS, U: 209FPS at 1440p. Getting popular modern games to run at 1440p on the GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI is a strong choice at these screen resolutions. With Ultra graphics settings being regularly reached at 1440p gaming its easy to consider bumping up the screen size to 4K for this graphics card.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI in your PC? We think this GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI has around 6-12 months until an upgrade should be considered.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 52% better and can meet 856 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the R-500 Series Radeon RX 580 8GB which is 24% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 794 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
55 FPS
The GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI is released on 01 Mar 2010

GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI
Fermi GF100-375-A3 (x3) (x3)
Texture Rate
126 GTexel/s
48 (x3)
Pixel Rate
101 GPixel/s
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
Driver Support
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Release Price
Direct X
DX 12.0
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
Notebook GPU
3072 MB
Memory Speed
924 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
701 MHz
Max Power
750 Watts
1000 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI Game Requirement Analysis

The GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI of GeForce GTX 480. Rank based on best case scenario.

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GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 22% 58%
Hyper Scape 47% 8%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 29% 58%
Far Cry 6 8% 76%
Death Stranding 31% 22%
Watch Dogs Legion 57% 22%
Valorant 96% 89%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 8% 8%
Grand Theft Auto VI 8% 71%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 6% 15%
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