This conclusion is a short one and it dictates itself just as the last one did. The HD 5870 still maintains good 8x AA performance as did the HD 4000 series and it will in many cases catch the stock GTX 480 or surpass it when performance is already reasonably close. However, the GTX 480 also turns in respectable 8xAA numbers – especially compared to the weakness of the last GT200 series. We see the GTX 480 run even further away from the HD 5870 in some new games with 8xAA enabled. This bodes very well for GF100 Fermi architecture and indicates that NVIDIA has very solid scalable new architecture to build on although it is still on an improving process.
We look forward to seeing what NVIDIA its partners have in store with future variants of GTX 480 and the rest of the Fermi GeForce family. We also look forward to AMD’s response beyond overclocking its current HD 5870. This has been quite an enjoyable five-week hand’s on experience for us in comparing GTX 480 versus HD 5870 and with each video card solidly overclocked and now tested at 8xAA.
We feel privileged to bring you our very first overclocked benchmarks and performance testing of GTX 480 versus HD 5870. We like it so much so that we will make this a series until we have covered this subject in depth. Next up, we take a break from this series as we explore the new PowerColor HD 5870 PCS+ and pit it against our reference Diamond HD 5870 and we also overclock each card. As we return to Part Four, we also expect to explore GTX 480 SLI versus HD 5870 CrossFire and NVIDIA’s claims of incredible scaling to 90% or so under Windows 7.
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