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Written by Mathew Williams   
Sunday, 03 October 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU TOP Video Card
NVIDIA Fermi Features
NVIDIA GF106 GPU Fermi Architecture
Closer Look: ASUS GTS 450 DirectCU TOP
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Resident Evil 5
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: BattleForge
DX9 SSAO: Mafia II
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
ASUS ENGTS450 TOP Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
ASUS ENGTS450 TOP Overclocking
NVIDIA GTS 450 Final Thoughts
ASUS ENGTS450 TOP Conclusion

DX10: 3DMark Vantage

3DMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed to test the DirectX10 graphics card performance. FutureMark 3DMark Vantage is the latest addition the 3DMark benchmark series built by FutureMark corporation. Although 3DMark Vantage requires NVIDIA PhysX to be installed for program operation, only the CPU/Physics test relies on this technology.

3DMark Vantage offers benchmark tests focusing on GPU, CPU, and Physics performance. Benchmark Reviews uses the two GPU-specific tests for grading video card performance: Jane Nash and New Calico. These tests isolate graphical performance, and remove processor dependence from the benchmark results.

3DMark Vantage GPU Test: Jane Nash

Of the two GPU tests 3DMark Vantage offers, the Jane Nash performance benchmark is slightly less demanding. In a short video scene the special agent escapes a secret lair by water, nearly losing her shirt in the process. Benchmark Reviews tests this DirectX-10 scene at 1280x1024 and 1680x1050 resolutions, and uses Extreme quality settings with 8x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering. The 1:2 scale is utilized, and is the highest this test allows. By maximizing the processing levels of this test, the scene creates the highest level of graphical demand possible and sorts the strong from the weak.

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Cost Analysis: Jane Nash (1680x1050)

  • $130 Radeon HD 4870 costs $7.83 per FPS
  • $140 GeForce GTS 450 costs $7.49 per FPS
  • $150 Radeon HD 5770 costs $8.29 per FPS
  • 3DMark Vantage GPU Test: New Calico

    New Calico is the second GPU test in the 3DMark Vantage test suite. Of the two GPU tests, New Calico is the most demanding. In a short video scene featuring a galactic battleground, there is a massive display of busy objects across the screen. Benchmark Reviews tests this DirectX-10 scene at 1280x1024 and 1680x1050 resolutions, and uses Extreme quality settings with 8x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering. The 1:2 scale is utilized, and is the highest this test allows. Using the highest graphics processing level available allows our test products to separate themselves and stand out (if possible).

    ASUS_ENGTS450_TOP_3dMark_Vantage_New_Calico_DX10_Benchmark.jpg

    Cost Analysis: New Calico (1680x1050)

  • $130 Radeon HD 4870 costs $9.63 per FPS
  • $140 GeForce GTS 450 costs $8.49 per FPS
  • $150 Radeon HD 5770 costs $11.03 per FPS
  • Test Summary: Before we get into the numbers, I'd like to highlight the fact that we pitted three overclocked cards against a HD5770 running at reference speeds. It just happened to be what I had on hand, but it's something I will take into consideration throughout the review. If you're interested seeing how the reference GTS 450 performs, be sure to check out our GTS 450 launch article and the corresponding SLI analysis. That said, let's look at the results. In the Jane Nash benchmark, all four cards appear to hold their own, with the HD 4870 dropping slightly behind the newer generation cards. However, the New Calico benchmark tells a different story. The GTS 450's have roughly a 20-25% lead over the HD4870 and HD5770, which battle it out for last place. I'm not prepared to draw any conclusions after just one benchmark, but so far things are looking pretty good for the GTS 450.

    Graphics Card ASUS HD4870 TOP XFX HD5770 ASUS GTS 450 TOP EVGA GTS 450 FTW
    GPU Cores 800 800 192 192
    Core Clock (MHz) 815 850 925 920
    Shader Clock (MHz) N/A N/A 1850 1840
    Memory Clock (MHz) 925 1200 1000 1026
    Memory Amount 512MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5
    Memory Interface 256-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit



     

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    # RE: ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU TOP Video CardSTON 2010-10-06 16:22
    thx , great review always



    DX11: Mafia II ?????

    #benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=617&Itemid=72&limit=1&limitstart=9
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    # RE: RE: ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU TOP Video CardOlin Coles 2010-10-06 17:33
    I don't understand your question.
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    # TOP tweak voltageshici 2010-11-28 03:58
    what it means tweak voltage....?
    i bought this version n i dunno what to setup for Vcore...
    what is Vcore actually??
    and can what happen if i slightly change the value of engine core?
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