|NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 13 September 2010|
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DX9+SSAO: Mafia II
Mafia II is a single-player third-person action shooter developed by 2K Czech for 2K Games, and is the sequel to Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven released in 2002. Players assume the life of World War II veteran Vito Scaletta, the son of small Sicilian family who immigrates to Empire Bay. Growing up in the slums of Empire Bay teaches Vito about crime, and he's forced to join the Army in lieu of jail time. After sustaining wounds in the war, Vito returns home and quickly finds trouble as he again partners with his childhood friend and accomplice Joe Barbaro. Vito and Joe combine their passion for fame and riches to take on the city, and work their way to the top in Mafia II.
Mafia II is a DirectX-9/10/11 compatible PC video game built on 2K Czech's proprietary Illusion game engine, which succeeds the LS3D game engine used in Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven. In our Mafia-II Video Game Performance article, Benchmark Reviews explored characters and gameplay while illustrating how well this game delivers APEX PhysX features on both ATI and NVIDIA products. Thanks to DirectX-11 APEX PhysX extensions that can be processed by the system's CPU, Mafia II offers gamers is equal access to high-detail physics regardless of video card manufacturer.
Mafia II GPU-Appropriate Quality Settings
Cost Analysis: Mafia II (Normal)
Test Summary: Of all the video games presently available for DirectX-11 platforms, Mafia II is by far one of the most details and feature-rich. 2K Games were wise to enable PhysX processing to by done on the CPU for Radeon users, which lets the game look its best regardless of branding. Still, we already know how much better video game physics are calculated by hundreds of GPU cores compared to a pair of CPU cores. As a result, NVIDIA's GeForce GTS 450 allows the Fermi GF106 GPU to produce great quality APEX PhysX effects while displaying frame rates superior to AMD's Radeon HD 5750 and HD 5770. Clearly dominated by the GeForce GTS 450, the overclocked GF106 adds enough extra power to enjoy considerably high-quality settings and post-processing effects that comparable Radeon products cannot.
On a side note, Mafia 2 is absolutely phenomenal with 3D-Vision... and with its built-in multi-monitor profiles and bezel correction already factored this game is well suited for 3D-Vision Surround. Combining two GeForce GTS 450's into SLI allowed this game to play at 5760 x 1080 resolution across three monitors using the same settings as tested above, delivering a thoroughly impressive experience. If you already own a 3D Vision kit and 120Hz monitor, Mafia II was built with 3D Vision in mind. If purchasing the equipment is within your reach (I suggest the ASUS VG236H model that comes with a NVIDIA 3D-Vision kit enclosed), you owe to yourself to experience this game the way it was intended: in 3D.