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ASUS ENGTX480-2D1-1536 Geforce GTX 480 Videocard Review

ASUS ENGTX480-2D1-1536 Geforce GTX 480 Videocard Review - PCSTATS
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Abstract: NVIDIA does stress that the Geforce GTX 480 is more than just a gaming card however. It's the first videocard to use NVIDIA's Fermi architecture, which is a radical departure from the design of previous Geforce videocards.
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Jun 09 2010   Julian Apong  
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DX11/DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: STALKER, Heaven 2

STALKER: Clear Sky - DX10

Source: GSC

Stalker: Clear Sky is a prequel to Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl. The player assumes the role of Scar, a veteran Stalker mercenary who is rescued by Clear Sky, a faction looking to explore the ruins of the Chernobyl power plant and solve the mystery at the heart of the Zone. The Sun Shafts test is part of Stalker's benchmarking suite, which uses DirectX 10 graphics capabilities and can stress even the fastest videocards.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSTALKER Clear Sky - Ultra HQ / DX10 / NoAA
Sun Shafts Test 1600x1200 Points Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 39.6
Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD 42.2
ASUS EAH5850 DirectCu Top/2DIS/1GD5 33.8
ASUS EAH5770 CuCore/2DI/1GD5/A 20.8
Gigabyte GV-R567OC-1GI 10.9
ASUS EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A (rev.A) 24.5
ASUS EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 24.6
ASUS EAH4850 HTDI/512M 16.7
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB 20.7
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB Crossfire 31.5
ASUS EAH4770 FML/DI/512MD5/A 17.1
Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I 2.5
ASUS ENGTX480 2DI/1536MD5 38.3
Gigabyte GV-N285OC-2G1 29.1
ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A 22.8
Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA 24.6
Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 25.1
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 17.3
ASUS EN9600GT DI/512MD3/A 9.3
ASUS EN9400GT DI/1GLP 2.2
Sun Shafts Test 1900x1200 Points Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 34.3
Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD 38.1
ASUS EAH5850 DirectCu Top/2DIS/1GD5 30.2
ASUS EAH5770 CuCore/2DI/1GD5/A 18.6
Gigabyte GV-R567OC-1GI 9.7
ASUS EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A (rev.A) 21.6
ASUS EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 21.6
ASUS EAH4850 HTDI/512M 14.8
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB 15.2
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB Crossfire 27.3
ASUS EAH4770 FML/DI/512MD5/A 15
Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I 1.5
ASUS ENGTX480 2DI/1536MD5 33.6
Gigabyte GV-N285OC-2G1 25.5
ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A 20
Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA 21.5
Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 19.9
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 13.9
ASUS EN9600GT DI/512MD3/A 8.1
ASUS EN9400GT DI/1GLP 1.5

STALKER runs smoother on the Radeon HD 5870 videocard in the shader-heavy DX10 sunshafts benchmark. The ENGTX480-2D1-1536 manages to best the Radeon HD 5850 at both 1600x1200 and 1900x1200 resolutions however.

STALKER: Call of Pripyat - DX11

Source: GSC

Stalker: Call of Pripyat benchmark is based on one of the in game locations. The testing process includes four stages, those utilizing various weather and time of the day settings (day, night, rain, bright sun). In order to test your system thoroughly the benchmark is provided with a number of presets and options including different versions of DirectX (9.0, 10.0, 11), screen resolutions, antialiasing etc, all at your disposal.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSTALKER Call of Pripyat - Ultra / DX11 / 4xMSAA/HDAO
Sun Shafts Test 1600x1200 Points Ranking
Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD 32.8
ASUS EAH5850 DirectCu Top/2DIS/1GD5 26.3
ASUS EAH5770 CuCore/2DI/1GD5/A 16.4
Gigabyte GV-R567OC-1GI 10.1
ASUS ENGTX480 2DI/1536MD5 29
Sun Shafts Test 1900x1200 Points Ranking
Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD 28
ASUS EAH5850 DirectCu Top/2DIS/1GD5 22.4
ASUS EAH5770 CuCore/2DI/1GD5/A 13.8
Gigabyte GV-R567OC-1GI 8.5
ASUS ENGTX480 2DI/1536MD5 25.4

The Geforce GTX 480 doesn't do quite as well here as the Radeon HD 5870, the DX11 effects here don't seem to agree well with NVIDIA's tesselator.

Heaven Benchmark 2.0 - DX11

Source: GSC

The Uniengine Heaven Benchmark vesion 2.0 is designed to test the DirectX 11 capabilities of next-generation videocards, with an emphasis on tesselation effects. For this benchmark tesselation is set to 'Extreme', which adds significant amounts of detail to the rendered geometry.
PCSTATS Benchmark ReportHeaven Benchmark 2.0 - DX11 / high / extreme /4xA / 0xAA
1280x1024 Points Ranking
Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD 29.3
ASUS EAH5850 DirectCu Top/2DIS/1GD5 24
ASUS ENGTX480 2DI/1536MD5 51.4
1600x1200 Points Ranking
Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD 25.7
ASUS EAH5850 DirectCu Top/2DIS/1GD5 21.1
ASUS ENGTX480 2DI/1536MD5 43.4
1920x1200 Points Ranking
Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD 23.4
ASUS EAH5850 DirectCu Top/2DIS/1GD5 19.3
ASUS ENGTX480 2DI/1536MD5 38.5

Here's a test where the ENGTX480-2D1-1536 really shines, and easily overtakes ATI's finest at all resolutions. This benchmark makes heave use of tesselation to improve geometric quality, and the results come out heavily in NVIDA's favor.

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Contents of Article: ASUS ENGTX480-2D1-1536
 Pg 1.  ASUS ENGTX480-2D1-1536 Geforce GTX 480 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  nVidia GTX480 Exposed
 Pg 3.  nVidia GTX480 Fermi Overclocking
 Pg 4.  Videocard Power Consumption
 Pg 5.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 6.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage
 Pg 7.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 8.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Crysis
 Pg 9.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez
 Pg 10.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Lost Planet
 Pg 11.  — DX11/DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: STALKER, Heaven 2
 Pg 12.  AA/AF Videocard Benchmarks: Crysis
 Pg 13.  GPGPU Videocard Benchmarks: Sandra 2009
 Pg 14.  NVIDIA's latest... too little, too late?

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