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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

DX9+SSAO: Mafia II

Mafia II is a single-player third-person action shooter developed by 2K Czech for 2K Games, and is the sequel to Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven released in 2002. Players assume the life of World War II veteran Vito Scaletta, the son of small Sicilian family who immigrates to Empire Bay. Growing up in the slums of Empire Bay teaches Vito about crime, and he's forced to join the Army in lieu of jail time. After sustaining wounds in the war, Vito returns home and quickly finds trouble as he again partners with his childhood friend and accomplice Joe Barbaro. Vito and Joe combine their passion for fame and riches to take on the city, and work their way to the top in Mafia II.

Mafia II is a DirectX-9/10/11 compatible PC video game built on 2K Czech's proprietary Illusion game engine, which succeeds the LS3D game engine used in Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven. In our Mafia-II Video Game Performance article, Benchmark Reviews explored characters and gameplay while illustrating how well this game delivers APEX PhysX features on both ATI and NVIDIA products. Thanks to DirectX-11 APEX PhysX extensions that can be processed by the system's CPU, Mafia II offers gamers equal access to high-detail physics regardless of video card manufacturer.

PhysX Disabled


Cost Analysis: Mafia II (1680x1050)

  • $140 GeForce GTS 450 costs $4.33 per FPS
  • $150 Radeon HD 5770 costs $4.27 per FPS
  • Medium PhysX


    Cost Analysis: Mafia II (1680x1050)

  • $140 GeForce GTS 450 costs $5.60 per FPS
  • $150 Radeon HD 5770 costs $8.24 per FPS
  • Test Summary: The Mafia II benchmark offers a great opportunity to compare the effects of GPU-based and CPU-based PhysX. In the first benchmark, with PhysX disabled, the HD5770 manages a small, but observable lead over the GTS 450's. With medium PhysX enabled, however, that lead quickly and dramatically disappears as the HD5770 system cannot run the PhysX calculations on the GPU. I won't get into the open-vs-propriety physics debate here, but suffice it to say that GTS 450 will have a significant advantage over the HD5770 when PhysX is utilized.

    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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