In Vantage benchmarks, Gainward GTX 480 wins hands down. The advantage melts from 10.5% in Performance to 6.2% in High and ends up at about 3% in Vantage Extreme, but it still manages to beat the HD 5870 in every single test, albeit with a rather tight margin. Club3D HD 5870 OC Edition couldn’t beat the GTX 480, but it does get dangerously close at Extreme settings. The same test reports about 2% better results than reference HD 5870, which turns into a trend throughout our test but the HD 5870 gets very close at Extreme settings. This will, as you’ll see for yourself, carry on in throughout our gaming tests.