Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – one of my favourite games this year – it's quite graphically demanding but rather well optimised, and the action is always going, so it should prove a good test of a graphics card.
COD:MW2 is a good test of a cards ability – with very varied gameplay, it ensures that a card is pushed to its limits. Having said that, the Inno3D GTX580OC really does not look pushed when compared to other cards! Offering around 50% higher framerates than any other card on test!
At 1080p, the GTX580OC pulls even further ahead – offering significantly higher framerates than any other card. With a minimum framerate of 54 – this card is not struggling. The average of 129 is a good indication too that this card can handle itself – I have no doubt that it’ll be able to handle Black Ops at the highest settings.
Metro 2033 is set in an underground subway in a post apocalyptic Moscow. It has some really cutting edge graphics, which bring real strain to even the latest and greatest graphics cards.
Even the GTX580OC struggles at 1080p – posting a minimum frame rate of 11 fps – way below the “playable” threshold. However, we can see the average FPS is almost double that of the GTX460OC – which is quite an achievement. I think it’s fair to say that Metro 2033 is the “new Crysis” – it’s pretty badly optimised/gpu-unfriendly, and therefore strains even the best graphics cards on the market.
Much like at 1080p, at 1280x1024, Metro 2033 is a challenge even for the GTX580OC – again this card offers nearly double the average FPS of the GTX460OC.
F1 2010 is a really addictive racer – providing some very good realistic graphics and driving physics, it really is a well packaged game.
The GTX580OC pulls ahead of the GTX460OC quite considerably. A minimum framerate of 71FPS guarantees that this game is perfectly playable!
At 1080p the Inno3D GTX580OC pulls further ahead of the GTX460OC. Its real power shows through here – with framerates more than 50% higher than the latter card.
Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.1
Is really quite a stunning looking benchmark – testing all the latest technologies and features available in Direct X 11. Namely tessellation – which nVidia claims to have nailed on the head.
Much like the rest of the benchmarks today, Unigine shows the GTX580OC performing around 50% faster than the GTX460OC, which in the graphics-card world – in car terms, is like comparing a VW Golf GTI and a Ferrari 458 Italia. That 50% faster performance is more significant than the figures might suggest.
Again, at 1080p, the GTX580OC pulls even further ahead. Posting a minimum framerate of 45fps – more than double that of the GTX460OC. The average framerate is a similar story – nearly double that of the GTX460OC.
3DMark has always been a good test of a graphics card – and the latest – 3DMark Vantage is no exception. 3DMark uses a variety of tests to ensure that your GPU is thoroughly put through its paces, and really separates the good cards from the mediocre.
Unlike the other benchmarks I have carried out today, I have additional benchmarking scores from the other cards I have tested in the past (they were tested in my old rig, however there is no difference as far as GPU scores are concerned when compared to my new rig). As such, I’m able to provide a better comparison to older cards (which you are more likely to possess if you’re currently thinking about upgrading!).
I wasn’t sure what to expect when it came to 3DMark Vantage – I expected the Inno3D GTX580OC to be better than the other cards, but I wasn’t sure exactly by how much. The result demonstrates the real power under the hood of the GTX580OC. Offering substantially higher scores than any other card on this test. In fact – it offers three times the performance of a HD4870, and more than 50% extra when compared to a GTX460OC.
This card really is cutting edge!
3DMark 11 is the latest high-intensity benchmark from Futuremark. It is full of very high eye-candy scenes. By making use of tessellation and volumetric lighting, it makes full use of Direct X 11 – and tests such cards thoroughly.
As we can see here, even the GTX580 OC is tested by 3DMark 11, however, when compared to some GTX460 results found in 3DMark 11’s results database, we can see that the GTX 580 pulls ahead of lesser rivals – scoring almost double points in both Performance and Extreme benchmark modes.
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