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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

DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2

The Battlefield franchise has been known to demand a lot from PC graphics hardware. DICE (Digital Illusions CE) has incorporated their Frostbite-1.5 game engine with Destruction-2.0 feature set with Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 features destructible environments using Frostbit Destruction-2.0, and adds gravitational bullet drop effects for projectiles shot from weapons at a long distance. The Frostbite-1.5 game engine used on Battlefield: Bad Company 2 consists of DirectX-10 primary graphics, with improved performance and softened dynamic shadows added for DirectX-11 users.

At the time Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was published, DICE was also working on the Frostbite-2.0 game engine. This upcoming engine will include native support for DirectX-10.1 and DirectX-11, as well as parallelized processing support for 2-8 parallel threads. This will improve performance for users with an Intel Core-i7 processor. Unfortunately, the Extreme Edition Intel Core i7-980X six-core CPU with twelve threads will not see full utilization.

In our benchmark tests of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the first three minutes of action in the single-player raft night scene are captured with FRAPS. Relative to the online multiplayer action, these frame rate results are nearly identical to daytime maps with the same video settings. The Frostbite-1.5 game engine in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 appears to equalize our test set of video cards, and despite AMD's sponsorship of the game it still plays well using any brand of graphics card.

  • BattleField: Bad Company 2
    • Extreme Settings: (Highest Quality, HBAO, 8x AA, 16x AF, 180s Fraps Single-Player Intro Scene)

Battlefield_BC2_Results.jpeg

Cost Analysis: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (1680x1050)

  • $199.99 Radeon HD 5770 costs $5.20 per FPS
  • $204.99 GeForce GTX 460 costs $3.69 per FPS
  • $129.99 GeForce GTS 450 costs $3.01 per FPS
  • Test Summary: Now is when we see some better looking numbers. The GTS 450 showing again that it is the best value performance wise, and also leading the Killer HD5770 by 4.7 FPS. Playing at either of these resolutions is acceptable in the single player mode, there are some scenes of heavy action where you will notice the lag but overall it is playable. The multiplayer is somewhat different due to the more dynamic nature so some settings such as Anisotropic Filtering and Anti-Aliasing need to be lowered.

    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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    # 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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