|ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AMD-890FX Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 26 May 2010|
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Unigine Heaven Test Results
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, the 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 of tessellation, bringing compelling visual finesse, utilizing the technology to the full extent and exhibiting the possibilities of enriching 3D gaming.
The distinguishing feature in the Unigine Heaven benchmark is its ability to use the hardware tessellation of DX11 video cards. This 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:
Perhaps unsurprisingly (since Heaven 2 is designed to stress the video card), there's essentially no difference between the motherboards demonstrated with this test. The ASUS Crosshair IV Formula at stock clock speeds turns in the lowest score of 26.7 frames per second, but that's only 0.8 frames per second less than the fastest score of 27.5 frames per second, and that difference is about the difference I saw between individual runs of the test.