|NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 13 September 2010|
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DX11: Aliens vs Predator
Aliens vs. Predator is a science fiction first-person shooter video game, developed by Rebellion, and published by Sega for Microsoft Windows, Sony PlayStation 3, and Microsoft Xbox 360. Aliens vs. Predator utilizes Rebellion's proprietary Asura game engine, which had previously found its way into Call of Duty: World at War and Rogue Warrior. The self-contained benchmark tool is used for our DirectX-11 tests, which push the Asura game engine to its limit.
In our benchmark tests, Aliens vs. Predator was configured to use the highest quality settings with 4x AA and 16x AF. DirectX-11 features such as Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO) and tessellation have also been included, along with advanced shadows.
Aliens vs Predator GPU-Appropriate Quality Settings
Cost Analysis: Aliens vs Predator (Normal)
Test Summary: Configured with high textures and low shadows with reduced post-processing effects, the intense action scenes in Aliens vs Predator still generated strained frame rates for the lower-end. These settings position the GeForce GTS 450 (25.4 FPS) directly between the Radeon HD 5750 (22.2 FPS) and Radeon HD 5770 (27.3 FPS). Once overclocked the GTS 450 caught up with the 5770 and produced 26.6 FPS, although the stock speeds still helped the GTS 450 produce the best cost per frame of the group.
Aliens vs Predator Extreme Quality Settings
Cost Analysis: Aliens vs Predator (Extreme)
Test Summary: Aliens vs Predator may use the well-known Asura game engine, but DirectX-11 extensions push the graphical demand on this game to levels eclipsed only by Mafia-II or Metro 2033 (and possibly equivalent to DX10 Crysis). With an unbiased appetite for raw DirectX-11 graphics performance, Aliens vs Predator accepts ATI and NVIDIA products as equal contenders. When high-strain SSAO is called into action, the 1GB GeForce GTS 450 demonstrates how well Fermi is suited for DX11, coming within a frame of the more expensive ATI Radeon HD 5770 at stock speeds but pulling ahead to 20.5 FPS when overclocked. Because performance is so close between the two products, NVIDIA's less expensive GTS 450 enjoys a decent cost per FPS advantage. Combined into a GTS 450 SLI set, two video cards match performance with the Radeon HD 5850 in Aliens vs Predator.