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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: Lost Planet 2

Lost Planet 2 is the second instalment in the saga of the planet E.D.N. III, ten years after the story of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition. The snow has melted and the lush jungle life of the planet has emerged with angry and luscious flora and fauna. With the new environment comes the addition of DirectX-11 technology to the game.

Lost Planet 2 takes advantage of DX11 features including tessellation and displacement mapping on water, level bosses, and player characters. In addition, soft body compute shaders are used on 'Boss' characters, and wave simulation is performed using DirectCompute. These cutting edge features make for an excellent benchmark for top-of-the-line consumer GPUs.

The Lost Planet 2 benchmark offers two different tests, which serve different purposes. This article uses tests conducted on benchmark B, which is designed to be a deterministic and effective benchmark tool featuring DirectX 11 elements.

  • Lost Planet 2 Benchmark 1.0
    • Moderate Settings: (2x AA, Low Shadow Detail, High Texture, High Render, High DirectX 11 Features)


Cost Analysis: Lost Planet 2 (1680x1050)

  • $199.99 Radeon HD 5770 costs $10.86 per FPS
  • $204.99 GeForce GTX 460 costs $5.95 per FPS
  • $129.99 GeForce GTS 450 costs $5.60 per FPS
  • Test Summary: Lost Planet 2 is a tough cookie to crack, in our tests we had to use relatively low settings just to get some acceptable numbers. This game wants high level hardware to play maxed out. None of the cards tested could play this benchmark at high settings and deliver an acceptable FPS result so visual quality has to be sacrificed. The GTX 460 only just does a good job and the Killer HD5770 is once again left behind by the GTS 450 by 4.8 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



    # 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.

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