|XFX Radeon HD5830 DX11 Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Bruce Normann|
|Friday, 26 March 2010|
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Unigine - Heaven Benchmark Results
Unigine Corp. released the first DirectX 11 benchmark "Heaven" that is based on its proprietary UnigineTM engine. The company has already made a name among the overclockers and gaming enthusiasts for uncovering the realm of true GPU capabilities with previously released "Sanctuary" and "Tropics" demos. Their benchmarking capabilities are coupled with striking visual integrity of the refined graphic art.
The "Heaven" benchmark excels at providing the following key features:
The distinguishing feature of the benchmark is a hardware tessellation that is a scalable technology aimed for automatic subdivision of polygons into smaller and finer pieces, so that developers can gain a more detailed look of their games almost free of charge in terms of performance. Thanks to this procedure, the elaboration of the rendered image finally approaches the boundary of veridical visual perception: the virtual reality transcends conjured by your hand.
Unigine Corp. is an international company focused on top-notch real-time 3D solutions. The development studio is located in Tomsk, Russia. Main activity of Unigine Corp. is development of UnigineTM, a cross-platform engine for virtual 3D worlds. Since the project start in 2004, it attracts attention of different companies and groups of independent developers, because Unigine is always on the cutting edge of real-time 3D visualization and physics simulation technologies.
Getting back to a more synthetic type of benchmark, we see the HD 5830 doing a little better than it did with Far Cry 2 and Resident Evil 5. The HD 5850 still puts on a star performance and stands out from the crowd, but at least the HD 5830 distinguishes itself from the HD 5770. This test was run with 4x anti-aliasing; let's see how the cards stack up when we increase this to the maximum level of 8x.
The impact of increasing the anti-aliasing is pretty clear. Two things happened; the older HD48xx cards took a nosedive, and so did the NVIDIA GT200 cards. While the HD 5830 still can't catch up to the HD 5850, it manages to get by the GTX285. One thing I noticed while observing the benchmark wind its way through the streets of Heaven 1.0; when smoke from the chimneys was in the scene, the frame rate dropped radically. It really hurt the older cards; I'm not sure if it was just their memory deficit, or what caused this effect.
Let's take a look at one more benchmark, a decidedly less cheerful scenario in a post-apocalyptic "Zone", which is traversed by mercenary guides called Stalkers.