With an average of 32fps at 2560x1600, the GeForce GTX 480 was a single frame faster than the much cheaper Radeon HD 5850 and a mere 16% faster than the old GeForce GTX 285. The card was only able to match the performance of two Radeon HD 5770 graphics cards running in Crossfire mode, but next to top of the line cards like the Radeon HD 5870 and previous generation GeForce GTX 295 it was outclassed by a 16% and 22% margin, respectively.
The GeForce GTX 480 was much more impressive when testing with the new Metro 2033 game. Despite only rendering an average of 45fps at 1680x1050, the card was 15% faster than the Radeon HD 5870 and 33% faster than the old GeForce GTX 285. It was also 9% and 19% slower than the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 295 and Radeon HD 5970, respectively.