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Friday, 17 September 2010 10:12

Point of View / TGT GTX 480 Ultra Charged tested - 9. Conclusion

Written by Sanjin Rados
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Review: The fastest air-cooled GTX 480 around


Conclusion

We must admit that it was pretty refreshing to test a GTX 480 that can be overclocked without much hassle. On the other hand, knowing that it’s a Point of View / TGT GTX 480 Ultra Charged, it wasn’t much of a surprise either. TGT handpicked the crème of the crop GF100 chips and used them on GTX 480 Ultra Charged cards. Hitting 800MHz for the GPU should be a piece of cake for any of these cards. We seem to have been lucky as we managed to push our sample to 850MHz, with no trouble whatsoever, but we can't guarantee that all samples can do that.

Point of View / TGT GTX 480 Ultra Charged is about 7% faster than the reference GTX 480 card and is the fastest factory overclocked GTX 480 we’ve tested so far. After our overclocking, the card scored 15-20% higher than the reference card.  

GTX 480 Ulta Chaged runs at 763MHz for the GPU and 950MHz for the memory (3800MHz effectively). The card comes in two flavors – our today’s sample comes with Nvidia’s reference cooling and PoV sticker whereas 20th of September will see the launch of GTX 480 Ultra Charged card with Arctic cooling’s solution. Naturally, you can expect lower temperatures as well as lower noise levels with this card. We must admit we didn’t like the reference cooling, which tends to get pretty loud, and we’re hoping that the new Ultra Charged card won’t be much pricier than our today’s card, which is available at about €460, here.

Performance wise, however, the GTX 480 UC is a beast and will allow for gaming virtually anything. If you don’t mind the noise and the pretty high consumption, then this is the card for you. In case you find the noise to be important, you can wait a bit longer for the GTX 480 Ultra Charged card with Arctic Cooling’s solution as well as the water cooler GTX 480 Beast.

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+14 #1 Alexko 2010-09-17 11:47
No power consumption test? What is this, a review, or advertisement?
 
 
+12 #2 spede 2010-09-17 11:51
Quoting Alexko:
No power consumption test? What is this, a review, or advertisement?


Also no temps and noise.
 
 
+2 #3 hellfire 2010-09-17 13:54
yep, lack of usual power\noise seems weird..we all know its outstanding, but still interested HOW high they are :-)
 
 
+8 #4 DarkPhoenix 2010-09-17 16:29
Quoting Alexko:
No power consumption test? What is this, a review, or advertisement?


It helps that you read the review, but I guess that's asking too much, for a person that's so quick to criticize and accuse...

Page 2:

"Of course, overclocking the card almost exclusively means higher noise levels, but you should know by now that the cooler is pretty loud, even on reference cards. Consumption increased as well – our test rig strapped with a reference GTX 480 drew maximum 515W; GTX 480 UC pushed this figure to 525W while our overclock resulted in the rig consuming up to 560W."
 
 
+5 #5 DarkPhoenix 2010-09-17 16:31
Quoting hellfire:
yep, lack of usual power\noise seems weird..we all know its outstanding, but still interested HOW high they are :-)


It's not weird at all. It's right there, for anyone willing to actually READ the review...
 
 
-3 #6 Alexko 2010-09-17 16:34
Quoting DarkPhoenix:
It helps that you read the review, but I guess that's asking too much, for a person that's so quick to criticize and accuse...

Page 2:

"Of course, overclocking the card almost exclusively means higher noise levels, but you should know by now that the cooler is pretty loud, even on reference cards. Consumption increased as well – our test rig strapped with a reference GTX 480 drew maximum 515W; GTX 480 UC pushed this figure to 525W while our overclock resulted in the rig consuming up to 560W."


My bad, then. I did go through all the pages, but I didn't read everything, I expected a graph.

Still, measuring the GTX 480s' power consumption is good, but what about competing products?
 
 
+2 #7 nele 2010-09-17 17:41
Quoting Alexko:
Quoting DarkPhoenix:
It helps that you read the review, but I guess that's asking too much, for a person that's so quick to criticize and accuse...

Page 2:

"Of course, overclocking the card almost exclusively means higher noise levels, but you should know by now that the cooler is pretty loud, even on reference cards. Consumption increased as well – our test rig strapped with a reference GTX 480 drew maximum 515W; GTX 480 UC pushed this figure to 525W while our overclock resulted in the rig consuming up to 560W."


My bad, then. I did go through all the pages, but I didn't read everything, I expected a graph.

Still, measuring the GTX 480s' power consumption is good, but what about competing products?



Sorry, the Russian Navy wasn't willing to supply us with a reactor from an Akula class sub. Budget cuts...
 
 
+5 #8 hellfire 2010-09-17 20:06
Quoting nele:
[quote name="Alexko"][quote name="DarkPhoenix"]
Sorry, the Russian Navy wasn't willing to supply us with a reactor from an Akula class sub. Budget cuts...



OH I think as a "typical Russian" i got one spare reactor somewhere..i guess its under that pile of Marx books, or maybe behind dozen of vodka bottles in the corner. I can find it for you if you need it :P
 
 
+5 #9 nele 2010-09-17 23:17
Quoting hellfire:
Quoting nele:
[quote name="Alexko"][quote name="DarkPhoenix"]
Sorry, the Russian Navy wasn't willing to supply us with a reactor from an Akula class sub. Budget cuts...



OH I think as a "typical Russian" i got one spare reactor somewhere..i guess its under that pile of Marx books, or maybe behind dozen of vodka bottles in the corner. I can find it for you if you need it :P



I've got a ton of Marxist literature at home, does that make me a bit Russian too? ;-)

As for the vodka, it keeps fighting with my bottle of Jack. Ideological differences I guess... The vodka wants all drinks to get the same amount of ice, but the whiskey wants the whole freezer for itself. For some reason, it also wants to marry its cousin.
 
 
-1 #10 hellfire 2010-09-18 05:25
Quoting nele:
I've got a ton of Marxist literature at home, does that make me a bit Russian too? ;-)

As for the vodka, it keeps fighting with my bottle of Jack. Ideological differences I guess... The vodka wants all drinks to get the same amount of ice, but the whiskey wants the whole freezer for itself. For some reason, it also wants to marry its cousin.


Was just kidding man :P And yay for Jack :P
 

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