NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M SLI vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M SLI

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M SLI is a high-end laptop graphics solution based on two GTX 485M graphics cards. With SLI, each card usually renders a single frame (AFR mode). Therefore, it may suffer from micro stuttering in low fps ranges of 30fps. This happens because of different timespans between two frames (e.g. irregular delays between sequential frames).

The GeForce GTX485M SLI supports the same features as a single GTX 485M card. Therefore, it supports DirectX 11 and is produced in a 40nm fabrication process at TSMC. 

Unlike the GeForce GTX 480M, the 485M is no longer based on a trimmed down GF100 core, but on the GF104 core instead. The latter has been designed for the consumer sector and has 384 cores maximum if completely enabled. More information on the GF104 core can be found on the GTX 485M page.  

The performance of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 485M SLI is clearly better than the GTX 480M SLI and is therefore the fastest graphics solution for laptops as of early 2011. It allows the user to play all current games in high resolutions and detail settings with Antialiasing activated. Only Metro 2033 and Crysis may stutter with high Antialiasing and maximum details. Compared to a single GTX 485M, the performance from the SLI combination should be about 40% higher on average (with high details and Antialiasing). Compared to Crossfire solutions by AMD, the Nvdia SLI drivers have the advantage as of this writing.

As the GeForce 300M series, the GeForce GTX 485M supports PureVideo HD with VideoProcessor 4 (VP4 with Feature Set C). This means that the GPU is able to fully decode HD videos in H.254, VC-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 ASP. Using Flash 10.1, the graphics card can also accelerate Flash videos.

What's new in the GF104 chips compared to the GF100 (480M) is the support for Bitstream transfer of HD Audio (Blu-Ray) via HDMI. Similar to the HD 5850, the GTX 485M can transmit Dolby True HD and DTS-HD via Bitstream to compatible receivers without quality loss.

The rendering cores of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 485M can be used for general calculations using CUDA or DirectCompute. In other words, the encoding for HD videos can be done significantly faster by using the shader cores of the GPUs instead of using modern CPUs. PhysX is also supported by the mobile Fermi to calculate physics effects in supported games. Furthermore, a single GTX485M can be used to calculate PhysX while the other card can render frames in the SLI setup.

Compared to desktop GPUs, the Geforce GTX 485M SLI is most similar to two Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 cards running in an SLI configuration.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M is a high-end graphics card for laptops based on the Fermi architecture. As a result, it supports DirectX 11 and is produced in 40nm at TSMC. Featuring 352 cores, the GTX480M is similar to the desktop GTX 465 but with a lower clock rate. The GeForce GTX 480M is combined with 2 GB of fast dedicated GDDR5 graphics memory and the overall performance should be generally superior to the Mobility Radeon HD 5870.

The GF100 (aka. Fermi) chip was redesigned from scratch and features 3 billion transistors, assuming all 512 shaders are present. Compared to the desktop HD 5870 with 2.13 billion transistors or the Mobility Radeon HD 5870 (RV870) with 1.04 billion transistors, the GTX 480M die is physically quite large.

The mobile Fermi chip is stripped down to 352 shader cores (1-dimensional) with 32 ROPs and 44 Texture Units. The memory bus is 256 bit wide, but due to the fast GDDR5 memory, this should not be a bottleneck. The power consumption has been specified to 100 Watt TDP when taking into account the MXM board and the 2 GB GDDR5. AMD usually specifies the TDP of the chip alone, therefore this value is not directly comparable with competing Radeon cards. Still, the GTX 480M is only suited for very large desktop replacement (DTR) laptops with an excellent cooling solution. Originally, only Clevo was offering the GTX 480M in its 17" (D901F) and 18" (X8100) barebones.

The performance of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 480M is about 10% better on average than the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870. In demanding DirectX 11 games and benchmarks (that make use of the Tessellation engine), the GTX 480M is even faster. That means the GTX480M is the fastest single GPU graphics solution for laptops as of  early to mid 2010. Modern DirectX 10 games should run fluently in high resolutions and details with antialiasing. Only very demanding games like Crysis or Metro 2033 may need some reduced settings (see list below). Due to the DirectX 11 hardware support (and the good tessellation implementation), the Fermi based laptop graphics card should be well suited for upcoming DirectX 11 games.

As the GeForce 300M series, the GeForce GTX 480M supports PureVideo HD with VideoProcessor 4 (VP4 with Feature Set C). This means the GPU is able to fully decode HD videos in H.254, VC-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 ASP. The graphics card can also accelerate Flash videos by using Flash 10.1 or greater.

The rendering cores of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 480M can be used for general calculations with CUDA or DirectCompute. For example, the encoding of HD videos can be done significantly faster than most modern CPUs by using the shader cores of the GPU instead. PhysX is also supported by the mobile Fermi chip to calculate physics effects in supported games.

Compared to desktop GPUs, the Geforce GTX 480M is comparable to a nunderclocked Nvidia GeForce GTX 465 (607/1200 clock speed) and is therefore on par with a desktop Radeon HD 5770.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M SLINVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce GTX 400M Series
GeForce GTX 485M SLI 768 @ 575 MHz256 Bit @ 1500 MHz
GeForce GTX 470M SLI (compare) 576 @ 535 MHz192 Bit @ 1250 MHz
GeForce GTX 480M SLI (compare) 704 @ 425 MHz256 Bit @ 1200 MHz
GeForce GTX 460M SLI (compare) 384 @ 675 MHz192 Bit @ 1250 MHz
GeForce GTX 485M (compare) 384 @ 575 MHz256 Bit @ 1500 MHz
GeForce GTX 470M (compare) 288 @ 535 MHz192 Bit @ 1250 MHz
GeForce GTX 480M 352 @ 425 MHz256 Bit @ 1200 MHz
GeForce GTX 460M (compare) 192 @ 675 MHz192 Bit @ 1250 MHz
GeForce GTX 485M SLI 768 @ 575 MHz256 Bit @ 1500 MHz
GeForce GTX 470M SLI (compare) 576 @ 535 MHz192 Bit @ 1250 MHz
GeForce GTX 480M SLI (compare) 704 @ 425 MHz256 Bit @ 1200 MHz
GeForce GTX 460M SLI (compare) 384 @ 675 MHz192 Bit @ 1250 MHz
GeForce GTX 485M (compare) 384 @ 575 MHz256 Bit @ 1500 MHz
GeForce GTX 470M (compare) 288 @ 535 MHz192 Bit @ 1250 MHz
GeForce GTX 480M 352 @ 425 MHz256 Bit @ 1200 MHz
GeForce GTX 460M (compare) 192 @ 675 MHz192 Bit @ 1250 MHz
CodenameN11E-GTX-A1N11E-GTX-A3
ArchitectureFermiFermi
768 - 352 -
Core575 MHz425 MHz
Shader1150 MHz850 MHz
Memory1500 MHz1200 MHz
Bus256 Bit256 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory2x2048 MB2048 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 11, 5.0DirectX 11, 5.0
Technology40 nm40 nm
Size
Introduced06.01.2011 25.05.2010
Manufacturerhttp://www.nvidia.com/object/geforce_gtx...http://www.nvidia.com/object/geforce_gtx...
Transistors3000 Million

3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
5468 points (16%)
min: 2336     avg: 2387     median: 2387 (7%)     max: 2438 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
5334 points (10%)
min: 2177     avg: 2184.5     median: 2184 (4%)     max: 2192 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M SLI
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M SLI
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
min: 37908     avg: 39907     median: 39907 (41%)     max: 41906 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
87591 Points (46%)
min: 42919     avg: 43732.7     median: 43552 (23%)     max: 44727 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
29690 Points (56%)
min: 18745     avg: 20818     median: 19867 (37%)     max: 23842 Points
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M SLI
Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
78.5 fps (35%)
33.7 fps (15%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - 3ds Max 1280x1024
10 fps (21%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Catia 1280x1024
10.7 fps (23%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - EnSight 1280x1024
20.9 fps (44%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Maya 1280x1024
17.9 fps (10%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Pro/Engeneer 1280x1024
12.4 fps (24%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SolidWorks 1280x1024
8.1 fps (12%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - UGS Teamcenter 1280x1024
1.1 fps (3%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - UGS NX 1280x1024
0.9 fps (2%)
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M SLI
Tcvis 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M SLI
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M SLI
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M SLI
Maya 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M SLI
Lightwave 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M SLI
Ensight 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M SLI
Catia 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M SLI
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
7.5 points (107%)
7.3 points (104%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
7.5 points (107%)
7.3 points (104%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M SLI
Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M SLI
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M SLI → 100%

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M → 77%

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
167  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
125.1  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
128.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
119  fps
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
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Fifa 11

Fifa 11

2010
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
637.8  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
426.6  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
307.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
199.2  fps
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
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Mafia 2

Mafia 2

2010
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
145.3  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
139.5  fps
48%
GeForce GTX 480M:
67.1  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
132.4  fps
45%
GeForce GTX 480M:
60  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
102.2  fps
40%
GeForce GTX 480M:
40.9  fps
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 480M:
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low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
323.8  fps
med. 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
105.3  fps
43%
GeForce GTX 480M:
45.2 fps  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
94.8  fps
47%
GeForce GTX 480M:
44.5 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
65.9  fps
56%
GeForce GTX 480M:
36.8 fps  fps
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 480M:
»
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
149.6  fps
84%
GeForce GTX 480M:
126  fps
med. 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
141  fps
45%
GeForce GTX 480M:
58.6 fps 69 ~ 64 fps
high 1600x900
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
89.4  fps
37%
GeForce GTX 480M:
31.3 fps 34 ~ 33 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
31.4  fps
38%
GeForce GTX 480M:
11.8 fps 12 ~ 12 fps
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 480M:
»
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
198.2  fps
54%
GeForce GTX 480M:
108  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
192.4  fps
42%
GeForce GTX 480M:
64.8 fps 97 ~ 81 fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
168.6  fps
38%
GeForce GTX 480M:
58 fps 70 ~ 64 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
96.8  fps
39%
GeForce GTX 480M:
37 38 fps ~ 38 fps
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 480M:
»
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
361.4  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
212.5  fps
37%
GeForce GTX 480M:
78.6 fps  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
190.1  fps
36%
GeForce GTX 480M:
68 68 fps ~ 68 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
142  fps
35%
GeForce GTX 480M:
47.9 fps 51 ~ 49 fps
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 480M:
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Risen

Risen

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
189.2  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
157.5  fps
43%
GeForce GTX 480M:
68.4 fps  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
142.7  fps
34%
GeForce GTX 480M:
48.7 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
109.1  fps
33%
GeForce GTX 480M:
33.7 fps 38 ~ 36 fps
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 480M:
»
Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
202.6  fps
74%
GeForce GTX 480M:
150.5  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
143.7  fps
67%
GeForce GTX 480M:
96.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 480M:
59.7  fps
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 480M:
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Need for Speed Shift

Need for Speed Shift

2009
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
138.6  fps
53%
GeForce GTX 480M:
74 fps  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
139  fps
55%
GeForce GTX 480M:
70.7 fps 84 ~ 77 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
126  fps
41%
GeForce GTX 480M:
51 52.6 fps ~ 52 fps
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
»
GeForce GTX 480M:
»
Colin McRae: DIRT 2

Colin McRae: DIRT 2

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
234.9  fps
75%
GeForce GTX 480M:
176.5  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
197.6  fps
57%
GeForce GTX 480M:
94.1 130.5 ~ 112 fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
177.2  fps
47%
GeForce GTX 480M:
81.6 84.4 ~ 83 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
114.3  fps
41%
GeForce GTX 480M:
46.8 46.9 ~ 47 fps
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 480M:
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Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
228.2  fps
74%
GeForce GTX 480M:
170  fps
ultra 1280x1024
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
138.9  fps
38%
GeForce GTX 480M:
53  fps
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
»
GeForce GTX 480M:
»
Sims 3

Sims 3

2009
high 1280x1024
GeForce GTX 480M:
105  fps
GeForce GTX 480M:
»
F.E.A.R. 2

F.E.A.R. 2

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
283.8  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
202.4  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
195.9  fps
61%
GeForce GTX 480M:
119  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
154.3  fps
40%
GeForce GTX 480M:
61  fps
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 480M:
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GTA IV - Grand Theft Auto

GTA IV - Grand Theft Auto

2008
high 1280x1024
GeForce GTX 480M:
53.9  fps
GeForce GTX 480M:
»
Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead

2008
high 1024x768
GeForce GTX 480M:
142  fps
GeForce GTX 480M:
»
Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2

2008
low 640x480
GeForce GTX 480M:
174  fps
high 1024x768
GeForce GTX 480M:
106  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 480M:
45.4  fps
GeForce GTX 480M:
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Crysis Warhead

Crysis Warhead

2008
low 800x600
GeForce GTX 480M:
98  fps
ultra 1024x768
GeForce GTX 480M:
34  fps
GeForce GTX 480M:
»
Trackmania Nations Forever

Trackmania Nations Forever

2008
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 480M:
52.8  fps
GeForce GTX 480M:
»
Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

2007
high 1280x1024
GeForce GTX 480M:
93  fps
GeForce GTX 480M:
»
Supreme Commander - FA Bench

Supreme Commander - FA Bench

2007
high 1024x768
GeForce GTX 480M:
52.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 480M:
45.1  fps
GeForce GTX 480M:
»
Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
158.2  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
92.8  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
76.7  fps
81%
GeForce GTX 480M:
62.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
43.3  fps
37%
GeForce GTX 480M:
16.1  fps
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
»
GeForce GTX 480M:
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Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
209.5  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
96.7  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
78.6  fps
74%
GeForce GTX 480M:
58.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
41.4  fps
37%
GeForce GTX 480M:
15.5  fps
GeForce GTX 485M SLI:
»
GeForce GTX 480M:
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World in Conflict - Benchmark

World in Conflict - Benchmark

2007
high 1024x768
GeForce GTX 480M:
84  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 480M:
35 fps  fps
GeForce GTX 480M:
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Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

2005
high 1024x768
GeForce GTX 480M:
234  fps
GeForce GTX 480M:
»
Quake 4

Quake 4

2005
ultra 1024x768
GeForce GTX 480M:
62  fps
GeForce GTX 480M:
»
Counter-Strike Source

Counter-Strike Source

2004
high 1024x768
GeForce GTX 480M:
191  fps
GeForce GTX 480M:
»
Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
GeForce GTX 480M:
310  fps
ultra 1024x768
GeForce GTX 480M:
290  fps
GeForce GTX 480M:
»
Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

1999
high 1024x768
GeForce GTX 480M:
720  fps
GeForce GTX 480M:
»

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