|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Video Card Performance|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 09 November 2010|
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DX10: Crysis Warhead
Crysis Warhead is an expansion pack based on the original Crysis video game. Crysis Warhead is based in the future, where an ancient alien spacecraft has been discovered beneath the Earth on an island east of the Philippines. Crysis Warhead uses a refined version of the CryENGINE2 graphics engine. Like Crysis, Warhead uses the Microsoft Direct3D 10 (DirectX-10) API for graphics rendering.
Benchmark Reviews uses the HOC Crysis Warhead benchmark tool to test and measure graphic performance using the Airfield 1 demo scene. This short test places a high amount of stress on a graphics card because of detailed terrain and textures, but also for the test settings used. Using the DirectX-10 test with Very High Quality settings, the Airfield 1 demo scene receives 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering to create maximum graphic load and separate the products according to their performance.
Using the highest quality DirectX-10 settings with 4x AA and 16x AF, only the most powerful graphics cards are expected to perform well in our Crysis Warhead benchmark tests. DirectX-11 extensions are not supported in Crysis: Warhead, and SSAO is not an available option.
Crysis Warhead Moderate Quality Settings
Cost Analysis: Crysis Warhead (1920x1200)
Test Summary: The CryENGINE2 graphics engine used in Crysis Warhead doesn't allow gamers to use the maximum quality settings, but it allows the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 to match performance with the dual-GPUs inside an ATI Radeon HD 5970. Trailing 6-FPS behind at 1680x1050 and 9-FPS at 1920x1200, the GTX 580 is no match for CrossFireX AMD Radeon HD 6870's. Comparing the Fermi GF100 in the GeForce GTX 480 against the optimized GF110 GPU inside the GeForce GTX 580 amounts to a huge performance difference of 21%, and up to 52% increase over the Radeon HD 5870. In terms of price to performance value, the AMD Radeon HD 6870 appears to seize on this opportunity at both ends of the spectrum, although it takes two cards to compete.