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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Saturday, 05 March 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC Video Card
Closer Look: ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC
ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC Detailed Features
Features and Specifications
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
ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC Overclocking
ASUS GTS450 DirectCU OC Final Thoughts and Conclusion

VGA Testing Methodology

The Microsoft DirectX-11 graphics API is native to the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System, and will be the primary O/S for our test platform. DX11 is also available as a Microsoft Update for the Windows Vista O/S, so our test results apply to both versions of the Operating System. The majority of benchmark tests used in this article are comparative to DX11 performance, however some high-demand DX10 tests have also been included.

According to the Steam Hardware Survey published for the month ending May 2010, the most popular gaming resolution is 1280x1024 (17-19" standard LCD monitors). However, because this 1.31MP resolution is considered 'low' by most standards, our benchmark performance tests concentrate on higher-demand resolutions: 1.76MP 1680x1050 and 2.07MP 1920x1080 (22-24" widescreen LCD monitors). These resolutions are more likely to be used by high-end graphics solutions, such as those tested in this article.

In each benchmark test there is one 'cache run' that is conducted, followed by five recorded test runs. Results are collected at each setting with the highest and lowest results discarded. The remaining three results are averaged, and displayed in the performance charts on the following pages.

A combination of synthetic and video game benchmark tests have been used in this article to illustrate relative performance among graphics solutions. Our benchmark frame rate results are not intended to represent real-world graphics performance, as this experience would change based on supporting hardware and the perception of individuals playing the video game.

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Intel P55 Test System

DirectX-10 Benchmark Applications

  • 3DMark Vantage v1.02
    • Extreme Settings: (Extreme Quality, 8x Multisample Anti-Aliasing, 16x Anisotropic Filtering, 1:2 Scale)
  • Street Fighter IV Benchmark
    • Extreme Settings: (Very High Quality, 8x AA, 16x AF, Parallel rendering On, Shadows High)

DirectX-11 Benchmark Applications

  • Aliens vs Predator
    • Extreme Settings: (Very High Quality, 4x AA, 16x AF, SSAO, Tessellation, Advanced Shadows)
  • BattleField: Bad Company 2
    • Extreme Settings: (Highest Quality, HBAO, 8x AA, 16x AF, 180s Fraps Single-Player Intro Scene)
  • BattleForge v1.2
    • Extreme Settings: (Very High Quality, 8x Anti-Aliasing, Auto Multi-Thread)
  • Lost Planet 2
    • Extreme Settings: (2x AA, Low Shadow Detail, High Texture, High Render, High DirectX 11 Features)
  • Tom Clancy's HAWX 2 Benchmark 1.0.4
    • Extreme Settings: (Maximum Quality, 8x AA, 16x AF, DX11 Terrain Tessellation)
  • Metro 2033
    • Extreme Settings: (Very-High Quality, AAA, 16x AF, Advanced DoF, Tessellation, 180s Fraps Chase Scene)
  • Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.1
    • Extreme Settings: (High Quality, Normal Tessellation, 16x AF, 4x AA)

Video Card Test Products

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
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX460 (715 MHz GPU/1430 MHz Shader/900 MHz vRAM - Forceware 266.58)
  • VisionTek Killer HD 5770 Combo Card (850 MHz GPU/1200 MHz vRAM - AMD Catalyst Driver 10.10)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 (850 MHz GPU/1700 MHz Shader/950 MHz vRAM - Forceware 266.58)



 

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# BeansAdam 2011-03-08 21:40
Been using this car for a couple months now, its hard to beat for the money, runs cool. And will tackle anything you throw at it.
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# ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC Video CardPinakio 2011-03-09 04:03
Well I'm bit confused after going through this article. BMR previously tested ASUSENGTX 560TI and 'DirectCU' fared badly there. But in this one it seems to hit the right cords temp and noise wise. Direct touch has been around for some time now in cpu coolers, it'll be interesting to see it's use in gpus too. Good review though.

* in the overclocking page, there may be a typo(HD 5770 instead of GTX 460)
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# RE: ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC Video CardPinakio 2011-03-09 04:05
I mean HD 5770 instead of GTX 450.
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# RE: RE: ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC Video CardSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-03-09 08:53
Thanks for pointing out the mistake, it will be rectified shortly.

The DirectCU cooler in the GTX560-Ti article is a slightly different design and is cooling a much more powerful GPU. That may explain the differences.

Regards.
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