Asus GeForce GTX 460 1GB DirectCu
Folding@Home GPU3 Client
In the second quarter of 2008, the Folding@Home group launched their first CUDA supporting protein folding client. Having fully harnessed the capabilities of stream processing, the client remains to be many times faster than similarly priced processors. However recently we saw the release of the GPU3 client, offering full support for GF100/GF104 GTX 400 series graphics cards. With 336 stream processors at our disposal, lets see what it has to offer!
Straight from the box, the Asus GTX 480 holds a 1000PPD lead over the reference 768MB graphics card. The fun doesn't end here as once overclocked, the graphics card was pulling just short of 11000PPD in the above 611 point projects.
Unigine Heaven Benchmark
Recently Unigine produced the fantastic Heaven Benchmark. Based around a ficticious floating village the benchmark makes full use of the Direct X 11 API, most notably with the implementation of Hardware Tesselation.
These midrange graphics cards fair reasonably well in this particularly demanding benchmark. All configurations suffer from low minimum framerates in certain tests however the results are still respectable.
3DMark Vantage is Futuremarks flagship gaming oriented benchmark at present and is considered to be a demanding one at that. Our tests were carried out under the "Performance" prefix.
In this benchmark, the Asus GTX 460 has a clear lead over the 768MB version. It must be mentioned that nVidia have an artificial lead in Vantage due to the way CPU tests are conducted but these results are very promising regardless.