|ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/1GD5|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Sunday, 08 August 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.
Cost Analysis: Aliens vs Predator (1680x1050)
Test Summary: Aliens vs Predator may use a well-known game engine, but DirectX-11 pushes graphical demand on this game second to only 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, even despite sponsorship from NVIDIA. When high-strain SSAO is called into action, the stock-speed 1GB GeForce GTX 460 demonstrates how well Fermi is suited for DX11... besting ATI's Radeon HD 5830 by several frames per second and even surpassing the GTX 465. Only slightly out-performed by the GeForce GTX 470 (which costs $100 more), the ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP slips past the ATI Radeon HD 5850 the same way it did throughout all of the DirectX-10 tests. High-stress graphics have tested performance on the reference GeForce GTX 460, and certainly impacts ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP frame rates, yet the relative price to performance ratio is actually quite high in Aliens vs Predator and wins big in the value rating. In fact, the ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP offered the very best cost per FPS and was the only graphics card to keep (well-) below the $8 marker.