ASUS GeForce GTX 470 ENGTX470 Video Card ReviewFri, Apr 23, 2010 - 12:00 AM
Unigine ‘Heaven’ DX11
The ‘Heaven’ benchmark that uses the Unigine easily shows off the full potential of DirectX 11 graphics cards. 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 extent and exhibiting the possibilities of enriching 3D gaming. The distinguishing feature of the 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.
For this benchmark VSync was turned off and we tested with 0x AA and 4x AF to check out system performance. We also ran the benchmark at 1920×1200 and 1280×1024 to see how the benchmark ran at some different monitor resolutions.
Benchmark Results: The Unigine Heaven Benchmark showed that the ASUS GeForce GTX 470 card does very well in this benchmark and beat not only the Radeon HD 5850 cards, but even the MSI Radeon HD 5870 Lighting by just a hair at a resolution at 1280×1024. At 1920×1200 the Radeon HD 5870′s pull ahead, but the ASUS GeForce GTX 470 is able to perform better than the Radeon HD 5850′s.
We also ran the new Heaven 2.0 benchmark that just recently out on a couple of the cards as we were in a time crunch. For this benchmark VSync was turned off and we tested with 8x AA and 16x AF to check out system performance. We also ran the benchmark at 1920×1200 and 1280×1024 to see how the benchmark ran at some different monitor resolutions. It should be noted that we ran the new extreme tessellation mode on this benchmark. These are the toughest settings that you can run on this benchmark, so it should really put the hurt on any graphics card.
Benchmark Results: The Unigine Heaven 2.0 Benchmark is tessellation heavy and the ASUS GeForce GTX 470 is just slightly behind the dual-GPU powered Sapphire Radeon HD 5970 at 1920×1200!