Sparkle Geforce GTX480 Review

/images/stories/Reviews/sparkle/sparkle480.jpgDirect X 11 has been bitter sweet since its launch. The sweet: beautiful graphics, tessellation, dynamic lighting, triangles out the wazoo. The bitter: the battle rages on between Nvidia and ATI. Both companies have been pumping out very impressive cards  with ATI finally getting a hold of their past Driver issues and Nvidia’s struggle again with wattage and heat issues. Today we are going to be taking a look at one of Nvidia’s board partners renditions of Nvidias top of the heap graphics card the GTX480. Let’s get a good look and see what Sparkle has done to make the GTX 480 just a little different than its other board partner companions:


Provided by: Sparkle

Price: $509.97

Closer Look:



Specifications and Features:

Model number : SXX4801536D5-NM
Graphics Processing : Geforce GTX480
Processor Cores : 480
Core Clock : 700 MHz
Memory Clock : 3696 MHz
Memory Type : 1536MB GDDR5
Memory Interface : 384-bit
Processor Clock : 1401 MHz
Bus Type : PCI-Express 2.0
  •  Microsoft DirectX 11 support
  • NVIDIA CUDA technology with CUDA C/C++,DirectCompute 5.0 and OpenCL support
  • NVIDIA PhysX technology
  • NVIDIA SLI and 3-way SLI technology
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround Ready
  • NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology
  • PCI Express 2.0 support
  • Two Dual-link DVI-I connectors
  • One Mini-HDMI 1.3a connector
  • Dual-link HDCP-Capable
  • OpenGL 3.2 Optimization and support

Mini HDMI+Dual DVI-I

Testing Setup:





I will admit I like the PowerColor ATI 5870 it is a decent card lots of power and the pricing is not too bad. When I take into account that I can spend another 50-100 to get a GTX 480 my tune changes a little. Although it seems the OpenGL is a little snappier on the ATI cards the GTX480 wins in most futuremark tests also in my ravels I Was checking out trubritar and he ran the GTX 480 in quad sli against the 5870’s in Quadfire X and the GTX 480’s were getting literally double the frame rates in Unigine. I was having some issues this time around with benchmarking I even went as far as to flush out my drivers for my motherboard to get as realistic as possible. I could have went to another board but I decided to stick with the P55 from Intel because I wanted to show exactly what real world testing would be for the board, card combination. Specifically because we just gave away a just about identical setup for intel recently and figured you the readers would be interested in performance.

Overall I was impressed with the GTX 480 it performed better in just about all of the tests the down side again as is with more of the new cards is that the Sparkle GTX 480, while being cooler then some GTX480s’s was still a lot hotter at load and idle than the PowerColor 5870. It also draws more wattage so make sure you have the PSU to back it up if you want peak performance. I know the GTX 480 has a lot of potential left in it but the software and drivers are not quite there yet. I am anxious to see if and when the time comes where we truly see the full potential of Nvidias new GPU models, I am also very excited to see what Companies like sparkle are able to do with their upcoming board and cooling designs. I’d like to thank Sparkle for providing us with this sample I look forward to seeing what else you guys have in store for us keep up the good work.


  • Fast
  • Quiet
  • Price 
  • HDMI and DVI Compatible
  • Great scores


  • OpenGL Performance
  • Heat
  • Wattage

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