|Diamond All-In-Wonder HD Premium AIW5000|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Dan Ferguson|
|Sunday, 27 February 2011|
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Unigine Heaven Benchmark 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, 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:
I always enjoy the Unigine Heaven benchmark because to me it feels the least biased. The test is rigorous and always returns repeatable marks. When using this benchmark the gradation between card generations and between various models always seems more obvious. The Nash test put the HD5570 slightly ahead of the HD5550 while the other tests put it slightly behind. Unigine repeatedly places them both on nearly the same performance level. I would have expected the HD5570 to perform consistently better, but I am convinced that I'm comparing the best of the 5550's to the worst of the 5570's.