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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Inno3D GTX 580 OC

5. Crysis Warhead, S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call Of Pripyat Benchmark

- Crysis Warhead (DirectX9, DirectX10)

We proceed to the "Crysis Warhead" game, which supports both DirectX9 and DirectX10 rendering modes. The popular game is still the toughest game in our benchmark suite. Below are the test results from all the possible resolutions the anti-aliasing (AA) disabled.

The Inno3D GTX 580 OC performed pretty well considering the high demands of the Crysis Warhead benchmark. The "Performance" and "Mainstream" quality levels are playable in all the resolutions we tested and up to 1920 x 1200. The "Gamer"and "Enthusiast" modes are still payable, although the reported minimum frame rates would make things a little slow in specific complex scenes of the game:

But how the GTX 580 OC stands to the competition? As you can see in the comparison charts below, the card is doing very well and shows its strength in the "Enthusiast" level and at high resolutions.

Compared to a GTX 480, the GTX 580 OC is also faster by almost 15% in the specific game, meaning that Nvidia did some work with its architectural improvements of the GTX 580. Of course, the GTX 580's higher clock and shader also played its role here.

The GTX 580 OC could be only challenged by double-GPU configurations in Crysis, such as AMD's5 970 and 6870CF - which would cost the same or even less to buy :)

- S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call Of Pripyat Benchmark

The ' S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call Of Pripyat Benchmark' provides detailed information about a system's performance on various graphical modes. This benchmark is based on one of the in-game locations – Pripyat . 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 the 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, anti-aliasing etc.This makes it another one of the highly demanding games in our benchmark suite.

For our tests we set the visual details to the highest level and tested the Inno3D GT 580 OC graphics card under DX10 and DX11 at the resolution of 1920x1200:

- DX9

- DX10

- DX11

STALKER ends up being a mixed bag for NVIDIA, depending on the competition. It’s worth noting that among single-GPU cards, the 580 does become the first and only card to crack 60fps at 1920.

The GTX 580 OC can easily support the specific game for the resolution of 1920 x 1200 and with the quality set to "Extreme." The performance is high for all the rendering modes and especially under DX11. The GTX 580 remains faster than a the GTX 480 here and seems to be more efficient than an AMD HD 5970 at resolutions higher than 2560.




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