NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M, Fastest Notebook GPU Yet

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Far Cry 2 Game Tests

Far Cry 2 is the sort of test that separates the men from the boys, or so to speak, when it comes to crushing GPU performance.  We dialed this test up high to watch the GeForce GTX 480M sweat a bit.

Far Cry 2
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FarCry 2

Like the original, FarCry 2 is one of the more visually impressive games to be released on the PC to date.  Courtesy of the Dunia game engine developed by Ubisoft, FarCry 2's game-play is enhanced by advanced environment physics, destructible terrain, high resolution textures, complex shaders, realistic dynamic lighting, and motion-captured animations.  We benchmarked the notebooks in this article with a fully patched version of FarCry 2, using one of the built-in demo runs recorded in the "Ranch" map.

In reality, the Clevo D900 and GeForce GTX 480M didn't sweat these test settings much at all and maintained completely playable frame rates even at 1080p HD resolutions with 8X AA settings enabled.  At lower 720p resolution with higher AA settings, the GTX 480M offered 60% higher frame rates. However, at 1080p res with lower 2X AA image quality settings, the gap was only measured at a 36% advantage for the new NVIDIA mobile GPU.  It's apparent here, that the GeForce GTX 480M's higher memory bandwidth is coming into play and perhaps to a smaller extent its larger 2GB frame buffer as well.

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