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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
VisionTek Killer HD5770 Combo Card
Closer Look: VisionTek Killer Combo
VisionTek Killer HD5770 Detailed Features
Features and Specifications
Killer NIC Software and Testing
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Street Fighter IV
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2
DX11: BattleForge
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: Tom Clancy's HAWX 2
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
VisionTek Killer HD5770 Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
VisionTek Killer HD5770 Overclocking
Final Thoughts and 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 v1.02
    • Extreme Settings: (Extreme Quality, 8x Multisample Anti-Aliasing, 16x Anisotropic Filtering, 1:2 Scale)

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 1680x1050 and 1920x1080 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)

  • $199.99 Killer HD 5770 costs $10.68 per FPS
  • $204.99 GeForce GTX 460 costs $7.60 per FPS
  • $129.99 GeForce GTS 450 costs $7.45 per FPS
  • Test Summary: The Killer HD5770 was able to win over the GTS 450 by 1.28 FPS in the Vantage Jane Nash tests but at a much higher cost, we must remember though that the Killer HD5770 costs more than a regular VisionTek HD5770 (which would cost $8.01 per FPS) but the whole package must be taken into consideration. Significant improvements will only be seen when you lower the resolution or double up in CrossFireX mode.

    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 1680x1050 and 1920x1080 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).

    New_Calico_Results.jpg

    Cost Analysis: New Calico (1680x1050)

  • $199.99 Radeon HD 5770 costs $14.65 per FPS
  • $204.99 GeForce GTX 460 costs $8.78 per FPS
  • $129.99 GeForce GTS 450 costs $8.48 per FPS
  • Test Summary: The tables have turned in the New Calico Vantage test, here the NVIDIA cards win outright the GTS 450 leads by 1.72 FPS and the GTX460 by a further 7.97 FPS. Once again the price for performance isn't too impressive even when we look at the price of a standard VisionTek HD5770 ($149.99) which would cost $10.98 per FPS.

    Graphics Card Radeon HD5770 GeForce GTX460 GeForce GTS 450
    GPU Cores 800 336 192
    Core Clock (MHz) 850 715 850
    Shader Clock (MHz) N/A 1430 1700
    Memory Clock (MHz) 1200 900 950
    Memory Amount 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5
    Memory Interface 128-bit 256-bit 128-bit



     

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