With the arrival of competing DirectX 11 hardware from both ATI and nVidia, it's finally time to start comparing DirectX 11 gaming performance. However, we started out testing by performing our usual selection of DX9 and DX10 titles. We tested this card in the usual way, whereby we added it to our reference system, the details of which are below, then ran a series of gaming benchmarks. With the exception of Counter-Strike: Source (CSS) and Crysis, the results are recorded manually using FRAPs while we repeatedly play the same section of the game. For CSS and Crysis we playback time-demos and framerate is recorded automatically. All results are repeated to check for consistency and the average of the results is recorded. For Crysis, all in-game detail settings are set to High while all the other games are run at their highest possible graphical settings.
Considering we're looking at just the GTX 470 today, we've kept our DX11 testing to just two cards, the GTX 470 and HD 5850 as these are supposed to be competing at the same price (even though they're not currently). We ran three games, Just Cause 2, Colin McCrae: DIRT 2, and Battlefield Bad Company 2. All had in-game graphics settings turned up to maximum and we recorded framerates using FRAPs during manual runs-through.
Test System – DX9 and DX10 Games