yea the heaven benchmark is awesome, sadly, it will probably be years until we actually see this kind of tesselation in games, look at AVP, the alien models barely look better in DX11 than in DX10, even with tesselation on.
Also, the kind of performance hit this would give to an actual game would be astronomical.
The tesselation we have today in actual games is rubbish, look at the new STALKER game and Dirt 2 no real noticable difference from DX10/9
I guess it'll be awhile before we see tesselation like the haven benchmark. It does look amazing though, so much more realistic.
It will be some time before games truly optimized for DX11 are out. After all, you have to remember that the 5800 cards came out in September and it's likely that only a few choice developers got to play with them (and DX11) before that. Probably next year or so you will see more and more games take advantage of DX11 without halving system performance. For now, games like AvP will be the exception, rather than the rule. At least it's more likely that the next generation of DX games will be optimized for ATI cards simply because nVidia hasn't shown up to the fight yet.
Thank you for getting me to figure out what you were showing off (Heaven benchmark). Dang, I thought it was Dragon Age for a bit! Ran the Heaven benchmark, and ran it and ran it... I have seen benchmark demos since the days of the Commodore 64 and THIS is the best I have EVER seen! The textures were magnificent, the lighting spectacular (or specular). Shadows were choppy (5870-1920 by 1200 full screen 4x) and sometimes the frame rates were down in the teens range. I could smell the grass, I swear.
Overall, I would LOVE to play any game that looked so good. I cannot look at WoW with any respect anymore. Heh.
One nice thing was I expected my XFX 5870 card to start howling when I ran this. I could barely notice the difference in the fan noise. Good recommendation for the XFX version if for that reason alone.