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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Zotac GeForce GTX-480 Fermi Video Card
Features and Specifications
NVIDIA GF100 GPU Fermi Architecture
Closer Look: Zotac GeForce GTX480
Video Card Testing Methodology
3DMark Vantage GPU Tests
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
BattleForge Performance
Crysis Warhead Tests
Far Cry 2 Benchmark
Resident Evil 5 Tests
Metro 2033 DX11 Performance
Unigine Heaven Benchmark
NVIDIA APEX PhysX Enhancements
NVIDIA 3D-Vision Effects
GeForce GTX480 Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
Editors Opinion: Fermi GF100
ZOTAC GTX-480 Conclusion

Unigine Heaven Benchmark

The Unigine "Heaven 2.0" benchmark is a free publicly available tool that grants the power to unleash the graphics capabilities in DirectX-11 for Windows 7 or updated Vista Operating Systems. It reveals the enchanting magic of floating islands with a tiny village hidden in the cloudy skies. With the interactive mode, emerging experience of exploring the intricate world is within reach. Through its advanced renderer, Unigine is one of the first to set precedence in showcasing the art assets with tessellation, bringing compelling visual finesse, utilizing the technology to the full extend and exhibiting the possibilities of enriching 3D gaming.

The distinguishing feature in the Unigine Heaven 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. The "Heaven" benchmark excels at providing the following key features:

  • Native support of OpenGL, DirectX 9, DirectX-10 and DirectX-11
  • Comprehensive use of tessellation technology
  • Advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion)
  • Volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm
  • Dynamic simulation of changing environment with high physical fidelity
  • Interactive experience with fly/walk-through modes
  • ATI Eyefinity support

Unigine_Heaven_DX11_Benchmark.jpg

Although Heaven-2.0 was recently released and used for our DirectX-11 tests, the benchmark results were extremely close to those obtained with Heaven-1.0 testing. Since only DX11-compliant video cards will properly test on the Heaven benchmark, only those products that meet the requirements have been included.

Cost Analysis: Unigine Heaven

  • Radeon HD 5850: $12.92 per FPS
  • GeForce GTX 470: $11.67 per FPS
  • Radeon HD 5870: $13.45 per FPS
  • GeForce GTX 480: $13.51 per FPS
  • Radeon HD 5970: $14.89 per FPS
  • GeForce GTX480 SLI: $14.71 per FPS
  • Test Summary: Our test results with the Unigine Heaven benchmark tool appear to deliver fair comparisons of DirectX-11 graphics cards. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 clears past the Radeon HD5870 by 25%, and trails the dual-GPU Radeon HD5970 by a mere 10 FPS. Reviewers like to say "Nobody plays a benchmark", but it seems evident that we can expect to see great things come from a tool this detailed. For now though, those details only come by way of DirectX-11 video cards. It's worth noting that if there was a cost involved with Unigine's Heaven, the ATI Radeon HD 5870 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 would cost about the same per frame.

    Graphics Card Radeon HD4890 GeForce GTX285 Radeon HD5850 GeForce GTX470 Radeon HD5870 GeForce GTX480 Radeon HD5970
    GPU Cores 800 240 1440 448 1600 480 3200 (1600 per GPU)
    Core Clock (MHz) 850 670 725 608 850 700 725
    Shader Clock (MHz) N/A 1550 N/A 1215 N/A 1401 N/A
    Memory Clock (MHz) 975 1300 1000 837 1200 924 1000
    Memory Amount 1024 MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR3 1024MB GDDR5 1280MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1536MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5
    Memory Interface 256-bit 512-bit 256-bit 320-bit 256-bit 384-bit 512-bit (256-bit per GPU)



     

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    # Other TestsFederico La Morgia 2010-05-13 22:57
    3 x 480 ?
    tests in OC ?
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    # Next Zotac 480 coming soonWW_Dagger 2010-05-26 16:44
    I've set my heart on the recently announced Zotac FTX 480 AMP. This takes the cake! Faster yet quieter, and looks just awesome.
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    # RE: Next Zotac 480 coming soonFederico La Morgia 2010-05-26 22:09
    Point my heart, I would like a Fermi limited to 480 SP, but having the full 512-SP.
    Not only!, I wish to put in dual-GPU as my current GTX 295 and directly to the liquid cooled heat sink with copper entirely!
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    # HD5870Ansuex 2010-09-10 00:32
    Is it just me? or is the 5870 losing less fps when resolution is turned higer compared to the GTX480 or?
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