We must admit that it was pretty refreshing to test a GTX 480 that can be overclocked without much hassle. On the other hand, knowing that it’s a Point of View / TGT GTX 480 Ultra Charged, it wasn’t much of a surprise either. TGT handpicked the crème of the crop GF100 chips and used them on GTX 480 Ultra Charged cards. Hitting 800MHz for the GPU should be a piece of cake for any of these cards. We seem to have been lucky as we managed to push our sample to 850MHz, with no trouble whatsoever, but we can't guarantee that all samples can do that.
Point of View / TGT GTX 480 Ultra Charged is about 7% faster than the reference GTX 480 card and is the fastest factory overclocked GTX 480 we’ve tested so far. After our overclocking, the card scored 15-20% higher than the reference card.
GTX 480 Ulta Chaged runs at 763MHz for the GPU and 950MHz for the memory (3800MHz effectively). The card comes in two flavors – our today’s sample comes with Nvidia’s reference cooling and PoV sticker whereas 20th of September will see the launch of GTX 480 Ultra Charged card with Arctic cooling’s solution. Naturally, you can expect lower temperatures as well as lower noise levels with this card. We must admit we didn’t like the reference cooling, which tends to get pretty loud, and we’re hoping that the new Ultra Charged card won’t be much pricier than our today’s card, which is available at about €460, here.
Performance wise, however, the GTX 480 UC is a beast and will allow for gaming virtually anything. If you don’t mind the noise and the pretty high consumption, then this is the card for you. In case you find the noise to be important, you can wait a bit longer for the GTX 480 Ultra Charged card with Arctic Cooling’s solution as well as the water cooler GTX 480 Beast.