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eVGA GTX460 FTW Review (versus Reference HD5870)

HQV Benchmark 2.0 is an updated version of the original tool and it consists of various video clips and test patterns which are designed to evalute motion correction, de-interlacing, decoding, noise reduction, detail enhancement and film cadence detection.

There are two versions of the program, standard definition on DVD and high definition on Bluray. As our audience will be concentrating on HD content so will we.

This has a total of 39 video tests which is increased from 23 in the original and the scoring is also up from a total of 130 to 210. As hardware and software gets more complicated, the software has been tuned to make sure we can thoroughly maximise our analysis.

Read our initial analysis over here.

eVGA GTX460
AMD HD5870
Dial
4
4
Dial with static pattern 5 5
Gray Bars 5 5
Violin 5 5
Stadium 2:2 5 5
Stadium 3:2 5 5
Horizontal Text Scroll 5 5
Vertical Text Scroll 5 5
Transition to 3:2 Lock 5 5
Transition to 2:2 Lock 5 0
2:2:2:4 24 FPS DVCAM Video
5 5
2:3:3:2 24 FPS DVCam Video
5 5
3:2:3:2:2 24 FOS Vari-Speed
5 5
5:5 FPS Animation
5 5
6:4 12 FPS Animation
5 5
8:7 8 FPS Animation
5 5
Interlace Chroma Problem (ICP)
5 5
Chroma Upsampling Error (CUE)
5 5
Random Noise: Sailboat
5 5
Random Noise: Flower
5 5
Random Noise: Sunrise
5 5
Random Noise: Harbour Night
5 5
Scrolling Text
5 5
Roller Coaster
5 5
Ferris Wheel
5 5
Bridge Traffic
5 5
Text Pattern/ Scrolling Text
5 5
Roller Coaster
5 5
Ferris Wheel
5 5
Bridge Traffic
5 5
Luminance Frequency Bands
5 5
Chrominance Frequency Bands
5 5
Vanishing Text 5 5
Resolution Enhancement
15 15
Theme Park
5 5
Driftwood 5 2
Ferris Wheel
3 5
Skin Tones
3 7
Total 195 193

The latest nVidia drivers have upped the image quality and AMD are still having issues with the Transition to 2:2 lock. This test failure alone on the AMD side means that the eVGA GTX460 scores 195 points compared to 193 points for the HD5870. We are glad to see that the Stadium 2:2 test and the Luminance Frequency Bands test are a pass with the eVGA board – because the recent Zotac GT430 failed both these tests.

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