Monday, 11 October 2010 10:45

Point of View / TGT GTX 480 Beast reviewed - 11. Conclusion

Written by Sanjin Rados

Review: GTX 480 Beast is the fastest Fermi around


A few days ago, Point of View / TGT launched the GTX 480 Beast, a card that comes factory overclocked to 810MHz GPU and 950MHz memory (3800MHz effectively). The overclock resulted in up to 14% better performance compared to the reference card, making our today’s test sample the fastest GTX 480 around. The benefits of water cooling and improved performance does not come without a cost though, and and you’ll have to splash out about €661, here. Note that such high pricing is for the most part Innovatek’s “fault”, as their Cool-Matic GTX 480 block costs €199 when purchased separately.

The GTX 480 is already known for its high consumption and pretty high noise levels, and while GTX 480 Beast will solve the noise and thermals, the consumption is naturally even higher. Whether this is the perfect card for you is naturally not ours to say. What we can tell you, though, is that the GTX 480 is currently the fastest single-GPU card around, which means that it will take anything you throw at it in stride, regardless of whether it’s demanding games or PhysX and CUDA apps.
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+1 #1 Nerdmaster 2010-10-11 14:33
I am curious if it can beat Cayaman. Probably will be on par! (but Cayaman will cost 100 - 200 bucks less for sure)
0 #2 Dev 2010-10-11 18:36
NV needs some new powerful cards with 104 architect to compete.......
btw i was thinking 2 c some overclocked performance benchmark as well ...
+1 #3 thomasg 2010-10-12 03:54
Does it come with the radiator/water pump, or do you gotta have your own?
+1 #4 blandead 2010-10-12 05:51
Quoting thomasg:
Does it come with the radiator/water pump, or do you gotta have your own?

of course not... you have to have that in first place to buy a watercooled edition card. just comes with the plate for gpu. Those alone usually cost a lot. I don't see anything special about this besides a waste of money. New generation is coming out soon. I'd wait for 28nm if going with Nvidia then they could probably do wonders, but they are just stuck right now. Point of View / TGT seems like a great company though I would love to see what they do with next-gen NV cards.
0 #5 thomasg 2010-10-13 15:41
Well it would have been a deal for a whole self-contained water-cooled card. They do make water-cooled cards like that, but if this one isn't, it just isn't worth the price premium.

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