HIS vs EVGA Midrange Gaming Face Off Review

Resident Evil 5 DX9

Midrange Gaming Shootout

Resident Evil 5 DX9

As if to back up the point from the previous page, here is Capcoms Resident Evil 5. A game that both looks good and performs admirably on even a low-end gaming PC. As this has both DX9 and DX10 modes we thought we'd run both in both modes to see how well these cards handle the older DirectX framework that still makes up the large proportion of games you own and use.

Single GPU - Stock Speeds

Although all the cards on show can happily break 60FPS this is one of the few games that doesn't include tessellation or PhysX in some capacity and so is a purer test of raw horsepower. It's clear that the latest Radeons have an advantage here with the humble HD6850 being 20 and 10 frames per second ahead of the small and large GTX460s respectively.

 

Single GPU - Overclocked

When overclocked the GTX460 1GB regains a lot of the ground it lost at stock to be neck and neck with the HD6850. The 768MB GTX460 is clearly suffering from the smaller memory capacity and still lags behind.

 

Dual GPU - Stock

With two cards in place both solutions even themselves out with only a couple of frames between the two Radeons and barely a gnats chuff between the two GTX460s. Easily the oddest thing is the minimum frame-rate. It is very rare we see them almost the inverse of what we'd expected. The HD6850 in the right scenario is an absolute corker.

 

Dual GPU - Overclocked

Under the control of DirectX 9 we have about the 50% improvement over a single card that we used to see. It makes us wonder if the limitations of the extra performance in a dual card setup was related to the hardware or the DirectX itself. The more powerful versions of our cards on test, the HD6870 and the GTX460 1GB both just edge ahead of their stablemate. Let's see how they fair under DirectX 10.

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29-10-2010, 04:01:46

Black
So looks like GTX460 is still worth to buy.Quote

29-10-2010, 05:51:01

silenthill
This is what I call a hard core review load of charts & game tests, I just hope your payslips justify your mass effort & I just want to let you know your efforts are much appreciated with us the readers; next month is going to be epic with the new GeForce GTX 580 & AMD Radeon 6970 so I’d recommend going to the gym to be in shape because we don’t want anybody collapsing during the tests from lack of sleep.

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29-10-2010, 06:51:22

Todd
I'm wondering when Quad Xfire would start to make sense.Quote

29-10-2010, 07:10:18

alienware
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Originally Posted by Todd View Post

I'm wondering when Quad Xfire would start to make sense.
Never. Who is going to drop £800 on four 6870s?

Maybe a few. But I don't know any one with four GPUs apart from Diablo and AMD are not going to waste loads of money in resources to cater to one in fifty (at the most) people.

The problem is it's out of AMD/Nvidia's hands any way. It all falls back to game coders and none of them will bother. Why would you? That's like having a thousand English people in a hotel and because there's one German there you make Bratwurst and Sauercraut for all of them. It's just a waste of time and money for pretty much every one involved. Game makers, GPU manufacturers and so on. Take into account that Obsidian just released Fallout : New Vegas with all of the bugs problems and issues from the initial release of Fallout 3. If they were to get it perfect and get quadfire in there it would have taken ten years, not two. Take into account how long Valve have their games in development trying to get them perfect..

Going back to the review.. Crikey. I can not even begin to imagine the ammount of work that went into testing so many different configurations. Hats off guys, this is some of your best work yet. Also -

[editors note: like Hanibal & Murdock]

Who is the crazy one? hehe that bit made me laugh. I can just see one of you dancing around the test bed.

Also -

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...uron/cards.jpg

Interracial GPU gangbang ahoy !

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29-10-2010, 08:01:43

tinytomlogan
VB is deffo Murdock, he would be really offended if I said it was any other way Quote
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