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Benchmarks of GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) in Stereo 3D with 3D Vision

April 18th, 2010 · 14 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

I was able to get my hands on one of the new GeForce GTX 470 Fermi-based video cards for a bit and of course one of the first things to do was to run some tests with it and 3D Vision to see how well it performs with games in stereo 3D mode. I’ve run the tests with the help of FRAPS taking into account the framerate you really get while playing certain game throughout different levels and while you are playing in stereo 3D mode. All the tests were done at a resolution of 1680×1050 and maximum level of details set with 16x AF and 4xAA and the results were pretty good, the 4xAA turned out to be problematic on just a few of the too heavy titles, but without Anti-aliasing they are also playable in stereo 3D mode.

Test configuration:
– Intel Core i5 750 CPU @ 2,66 GHz
– Gigabyte GA-H55-UD3H Motherboard
– 4GB (2x 2GB) DDR3 1600MHz Kingston
– 640GB Western Digital Black HDD
– OCZ GameXStream 700W Power Supply
– Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
– GPU and 3D Vision drivers 197.41

You can of course have even faster components in your PC than the ones above I tested with and further to squeeze every bit of performance you can overclock your hardware. The above PC configuration can also perform very well with a GTX 480 video card (if you manage to get one), giving you even better framerates while gaming in stereo 3D. But now lets get to the 10 games I’ve tested with and the results they’ve shown in terms of framerate when played with maximum level of details at high resolution and even with AA enabled on the GTX 470.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2
– Average 34.1 FPS, Minimum 27 FPS and Maximum 44 FPS

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
– Average 54.9 FPS, Minimum 43 FPS and Maximum 62 FPS

Crysys Warhead
– Average 19.5 FPS, Minimum 8 FPS and Maximum 28 FPS

Collin McRae: Dirt 2
– Average 39.1 FPS, Minimum 31 FPS and Maximum 48 FPS

Dragon Age Origins
– Average 49.1 FPS, Minimum 30 FPS and Maximum 62 FPS

Fallout 3
– Average 43.9 FPS, Minimum 33 FPS and Maximum 56 FPS

Just Cause 2
– Average 24.9 FPS, Minimum 22 FPS and Maximum 28 FPS

Metro 2033
– Average 16.3 FPS, Minimum 11 FPS and Maximum 25 FPS

Resident Evil 5
– Average 45.5 FPS, Minimum 38 FPS and Maximum 59 FPS

Stalker: Call of Pripyat
– Average 24.4 FPS, Minimum 16 FPS and Maximum 29 FPS

The above results were achieved by playing few different levels of each game and averaging the framerate from them that was recorded with FRAPS, so that you can get a real idea on what can you expect when playing the certain game. Out of the ten games just the following three: Crysys Warhead, Metro 2033 and Stalker: Call of Pripyat were a bit on the edge with maximum level of detail and 4xAA, but by playing them without AA you can actually get enough FPS out of them too in stereo 3D mode (don’t forget that the above results were achieved in S3D mode). And we can of course hope for even better performance results after a few more driver releases from Nvidia for both the new Fermi-based GPUs and for the 3D Vision as these results were achieved with the first official drivers for both. And I’m sure that by improving the drivers some more performance can be squeezed out of the new GPUs both in “normal” 3D mode and in stereo 3D mode while playing games, especially with new and quite heavy game titles like Metro 2033.

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The New Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 / GTX 480 GPUs with 3D Vision

March 31st, 2010 · 17 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

The new Nvidia Fermi-based GeForce GTX 470 and GTX 480 GPUs were officially announced a few days ago, but we still don’t have them on the market. Currently one a selected group of reviewers are being able to play with video cards based on the new GPUs, run benchmarks and even try them with 3D Vision, something that I sure most of you are quite interested in. Unfortunately I still haven’t had the chance to personally try a GeForce GTX 470 or GTX 480 video card with 3D Vision, so I can’t tell you much either and this leaves us with only the official results coming from Nvidia. The chart above shows a comparison between a GTX 285 (the former top model) and the GTX 480 (the new top model) running at 1920×1080 resolution with High Detail levels and even with some AA. The results coming from Nvidia are measured in frames per second (the scale on the left) across multiple new and popular game titles like Resident Evil 5, Battlefield Bad Company 2, Left4Dead 2 and Batman: Arkham Asylum. And based on these results (and some more perhaps) Nvidia is claiming that the new GTX 480 is up to 2x faster than the GTX 285, and that on Full HD resolution, with maximum detail levels and even with some Anti-Aliasing active. So if we trust these results you can say that the new Fermi-based video cards (the GTX 470 should be a good choice too, especially if you are on tighter budget) are the perfect choice for gaming in stereoscopic 3D mode with 3D Vision, so now we just have to wait a bit more for them to be available on the market…

With the introduction of the Fermi GPU architecture comes another interesting new feature that will interest some of the 3D Vision owners. Of course I’m talking about the 3D Vision Surround technology that adds support for stereoscopic 3D gaming on triple monitor setups. That however requires you to have two GeForce GTX 470/480 GPUs in SLI configuration for optimum performance, but it should also work with two GeForce GTX 200-series video cards again in SLI configuration. The reason for needing more GPUs is because 3D Vision Surround requires up to 746 million pixels per second of rendering horsepower and that is one hell of a burden for a single GPU to cope up with and still provide good enough framerate for comfortable playback. You should have in mind that in the currently available release 197 of the video drivers there is not yet support for 3D Vision Surround and you’ll be able to play in stereo 3D only on a single monitor. 3D Vision Surround will be enabled in the next release 256 of the drivers, that is due for release in April 2010, so a few more days of wait… but with no cards on the market yet that should not be an issue, right? And it seems that with the next official driver for the Fermi-based cards we are also going to have support for games using DirectX 11, so we’ll be able to play those in stereo 3D mode without having to revert to DX10 or DX9 anymore… ;)

If you want to pre-order a GeForce GTX 470 video card ($349.99 USD at Amazon)…
If you want to pre-order a GeForce GTX 480 video card ($499.99 USD at Amazon)…

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