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nVidia mid-range match-up, what should you buy?

Unigine provides an interesting way to test hardware. It can be easily adapted to various projects due to its elaborated software design and flexible toolset. A lot of their customers claim that they have never seen such extremely-effective code, which is so easy to understand.

Heaven Benchmark is a DirectX 11 GPU benchmark based on advanced Unigine engine from Unigine Corp. It reveals the enchanting magic of floating islands with a tiny village hidden in the cloudy skies. Interactive mode provides emerging experience of exploring the intricate world of steampunk.

Efficient and well-architected framework makes Unigine highly scalable:

  • Multiple API (DirectX 9 / DirectX 10 / DirectX 11 / OpenGL) render
  • Cross-platform: MS Windows (XP, Vista, Windows 7) / Linux
  • Full support of 32bit and 64bit systems
  • Multicore CPU support
  • Little / big endian support (ready for game consoles)
  • Powerful C++ API
  • Comprehensive performance profiling system
  • Flexible XML-based data structures

We used the following settings for Heaven v2.0; 1920×1080, DX11, Stereo 3d (Off), Shaders (High). Tessellation (Normal), Anisotropic Filtering (x4), Anti-Aliasing (Off), Full Screen (Yes)

The GTX550 drops to last place, even with the clocks over 1GHz

The reference clocked GTS 550 performs on a par with the GTS450 scoring an average of 25 frames per second, which drops to around 17 in the more intensive sections.

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