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Written by Hank Tolman   
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
MSI N450GTS Cyclone 1GD5/OC Video Card
Closer Look: MSI GeForce GTS 450
N450GTS Cyclone Detailed Features
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Street Fighter IV
DX10: Far Cry 2
DX10: Resident Evil 5
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.2
MSI N450GTS Cyclone Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
Overclocking the GTS 450
GeForce GTS 450 Final Thoughts
MSI N450GTS Cyclone Conclusion

DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.2

The Unigine "Heaven 2.1" 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

MSI_N450GTS_Heaven.jpg

Cost Analysis: Unigine Heaven DX11 (1920x1080)

  • $140 GeForce GTS 450 1GB (MSI Cyclone) = $9.15 per FPS
  • $145 Radeon HD 5770 1GB (PowerColor 1GBD5-PPVG2) = $10.74 per FPS

Test Summary: The DX11 Unigine Heaven benchmark is another extremely demanding title that doesn't allow either of these cards playable frame rates at these settings. The Heaven benchmark differs from the Lost Planet 2 benchmark, however, and gives the advantage to the NVIDIA GPU. The MSI N450GTS Cyclone comes out ahead of the Radeon HD 5770 by 13% at 1920x1080 and by 9% at 1680x1050. Even with the advantage, the frame rates are within a couple of FPS between the two cards. The main advantage the MSI N450GTS Cyclone holds at this point is that is a few dollars less expensive.

Graphics Card

GeForce 9800 GTX+

GeForce GTX285

GeForce GTS450

PowerColor Radeon HD 5770 PPG

GPU Cores

128

240

192

800

Core Clock (MHz)

740

670

850

875

Shader Clock (MHz)

1836

1550

1700

N/A

Memory Clock (MHz)

1100

1300

1000

1225

Memory Amount

512 MB GDDR3

1024MB GDDR3

1024MB GDDR3

1024MB GDDR5

Memory Interface

256-bit

512-bit

128-bit

128-bit



 

Comments 

 
# RE: MSI N450GTS Cyclone 1GD5/OC Video CardRealNeil 2010-11-11 09:55
"CUDA and PhysX compatibility may be a deal breaker if you are interested in these things"

I feel like it's something that I have to be interested in. We don't know how many new game developers will cleave to these standards yet. So buying a card that can't display either one is not the smart choice as I see it. If both ATI and NVIDIA could do both, then the choice would come down to performance and power/heat issues. That isn't the case.

The few games that I have now with CUDA and PhysX enabled are nice eye-candy and I like the technology.

Thanks for another good review.
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