Originally Posted by Toss3
The GTX 480 performs very good right now, but imho it should have outperformed two 5850s in order to be considered a good deal. No amount of updated drivers is going to bring its performance to that level.
Computerbase.de offers a nice over-all gauge:
5970 is 11 percent faster over-all in DirectX 11 than the GTX-480 at 1900 x 1200; 3 percent faster at 2560 x 1600.
5970 is 18 percent faster over-all than the GTX-480 at 1900 x 1200 with x4aa; 22 percent faster with x8 AA
5970 is 22 percent faster over-all than the GTX-480 at 2560 x 1600 with x8aa; 13 percent faster with x8 AA
I can see updated drivers closing this gap.