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Written by Mathew Williams   
Monday, 04 October 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU TOP Video Card
NVIDIA Fermi Features
NVIDIA GF106 GPU Fermi Architecture
Closer Look: ASUS GTS 450 DirectCU TOP
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Resident Evil 5
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: BattleForge
DX9 SSAO: Mafia II
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
ASUS ENGTS450 TOP Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
ASUS ENGTS450 TOP Overclocking
NVIDIA GTS 450 Final Thoughts
ASUS ENGTS450 TOP Conclusion

DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1

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


Cost Analysis: Unigine Heaven (1680x1050)

  • $140 GeForce GTS 450 costs $6.54 per FPS
  • $150 Radeon HD 5770 costs $8.72 per FPS
  • Test Summary: Unigine Heaven is another clear winner for the overclocked GTS 450 based cards. The 28% increase in the 1280x1024 run and 25% increase in the 1680x1050 run speak for themselves. Considering the overclock on these cards is roughly 18%, a reference GTS 450 would likely still come out slightly ahead of the HD5770. In fact, this is exactly what we found during our Unigine Heaven benchmarking last month.

    Graphics Card ASUS HD4870 TOP XFX HD5770 ASUS GTS 450 TOP EVGA GTS 450 FTW
    GPU Cores 800 800 192 192
    Core Clock (MHz) 815 850 925 920
    Shader Clock (MHz) N/A N/A 1850 1840
    Memory Clock (MHz) 925 1200 1000 1026
    Memory Amount 512MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5
    Memory Interface 256-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit



    # RE: ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU TOP Video CardSTON 2010-10-06 16:22
    thx , great review always

    DX11: Mafia II ?????
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    # RE: RE: ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU TOP Video CardOlin Coles 2010-10-06 17:33
    I don't understand your question.
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    # TOP tweak voltageshici 2010-11-28 03:58
    what it means tweak voltage....?
    i bought this version n i dunno what to setup for Vcore...
    what is Vcore actually??
    and can what happen if i slightly change the value of engine core?
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