We'll be testing the cards on our new Intel X58 chipset based system which has the following specifications:
Apart from seeing how two GeForce GTX 480 cards will perform as opposed to one, we will also be looking closely at how it compares against the Radeon HD 5970, which is still holding on to its title of the world's fastest single graphics card. We'll are also curious to find out what power consumption readings and temperature readings will be like for such a high-end setup.
Considering two GeForce GTX 480 cards will cost nearly US$1000, we are expecting it to handily beat a single Radeon HD 5970, which costs a slightly more palatable US$599. Naturally, we are also curious how two Radeon HD 5970 cards in CrossFireX will match up against this dual GeForce GTX 480, but keeping in mind that two Radeon HD 5970 cards will come in at a whopping US$1200, we'll save such a comparison for the near future in a separate article. Perhaps one that is an all-out shootout featuring two Radeon HD 5970 cards in CrossFireX and dare we even mention it, 3-way GeForce GTX 480 SLI? Should be interesting. For now, we're clearly focused on the gains from taking the SLI route with the GeForce GTX 480.
In the meantime, this is the full list of cards and their driver versions used:
The list of benchmarks are as follows: