Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI

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How well can the GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI run games
22 May 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 250 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 Mafia 2: Definitive Edition and saw it 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 Grand Theft Auto VI to see how that compared and predict that it will return a weak 0 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 discovered the GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI ran Mafia 2: Definitive Edition to a playable performance level. Results across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 79 FPS, Medium: 62 FPS, High: 42 FPS and Ultra: 30 FPS. Another game researched was Grand Theft Auto VI with predictions of L: 0FPS, M: 0FPS, H: 0FPS, U: 0FPS. And then we checked graphics card performance on Doom Eternal, which returned L: 79FPS, M: 62FPS, H: 42FPS, U: 30FPS at 1440p. Getting popular modern games to run at 1440p on the GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI is likely in need of some graphical option tweaks when trying to play modern games.

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? 12-18 months of top end gaming is still left in this graphics card

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 Ti 6GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 54% better and can meet 864 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB which is 21% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 708 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 29% 58%
Call of Duty Warzone 38% 15%
Grand Theft Auto VI 8% 76%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 29% 58%
Valorant 96% 89%
Saints Row 3 Remastered 44% 33%
Mafia 2: Definitive Edition 47% 5%
Doom Eternal 17% 17%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 55% 11%
Maneater 60% 1%
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