Nvidia Pits the GTX 480 vs. Radeon 5870

Justin Kerr

Nvidia has been pretty tight lipped when it comes to Fermi's performance numbers, but as the March 26th launch date approaches, a few additional details are starting to leak out. This time it's a video documenting some early benchmarks , giving us our first real peak at Fermi's performance. Of course we would be remiss if we didn't mention that the Heaven benchmark utility demonstrated in the video was administered solely by Nvidia themselves, and as such, the results should be taken with a grain of salt until we've had our own opportunity to put it through its paces.

The demo shows the GTX 480 pushing out some pretty impressive frame rates, even besting the ATI 5870 results they claim to have run earlier, but it certainly doesn't look like as big a margin as we were hoping for. The GTX 480 as you might recall is going to be the companies new high end offering, and although no pricing has yet been announced, rumors have put it somewhere in the $700 USD range . The Radeon 5870's by comparison can be found starting at around $380 . If the rumored pricing ends up being true the more realistic comparison would be the Radeon 5970 vs. the GTX 480.

Only time will tell if the GTX 480 & 470 cards are as hot or as expensive as we fear , but one thing is for certain, the silence and vague details isn't helping their cause. Scroll down to check out the video for yourself. Did the demonstration win you over?

Let us know what you think.

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