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HQV Benchmark 2.0 Analysis – ATi, nVidia and Intel

Last updated on June 21st, 2010 at 08:39 am

Overview:
The third chapter focuses on Full HD resolution test patterns to test the scaling and filtering ability of the video processor.

Notes:
As we said earlier upscaled video has two issues to contend with. The presence of upscaled colour and compression artifacts and a tendency for the video to soften with a lack of detail. These tests focus on the video processors abilities to handle detail enhancement. All the graphics processors on test today have various methods of enhancing detail via sharpening.

Scoring:
All the tests are combined into one result, giving a total figure. The score is based on evaluating the sequence of images. Note that fine detail would not be observable on small screens or displays which are not fully HD compliant.

Resolution Enhancement (Score either  15, 10, 5 or 0)
Fine details are more distinct and 3 dimensional. No bright or dark outlines are introduced around characters or objects. – Scores 15
Fine details are more distinct and 3 dimensional. Some bright or dark outlines are introduced around characters or objects. – Scores 10
Fine details are more distinct and 3 dimensional but mild bright or dark outlines appear around characters and objects. – Scores 5
No enhancement of detail was observed or the enhancement looks course and artificial. – Scores 0

Intel GMA X4500 (G41)
Intel HD Graphics
ATI HD4200 (IGP)
ATI HD5450 (Discrete)
ATI HD5550 (Discrete)
ATI HD5770 (Discrete)
ATI HD5850 (Discrete)
ATI HD5870 (Discrete)
NV G210 (Discrete)
NV G220 (Discrete)
NV GTX 465 (Discrete)
NV GTX 480 (Discrete)
Resolution Enhancement
15 15 15
15
15
15
15
15
15 15
15
15

We found that all the manufacturers have clearly spent some time fine tuning their hardware via drivers as the results were all equally impressive.

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