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Benchmark Results: Civilization 5 (DX11)

GeForce GTX 580 And GF110: The Way Nvidia Meant It To Be Played
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Civilization 5 is a tough title to test, and yet we wanted to include it to complement all of the first-person shooters in our benchmark suite. The interesting news here is that, while most developers are using DirectX 11 to improve the visual quality of their games, Firaxis uses it to help augment performance via tessellation.

As a result, our lineup of DirectX 11-class cards posts incredibly high frame rates. The leader benchmark displays a number of the game’s commanding units, rendered in 300+ frame animations. Its performance demonstrates the placing we’d roughly expect, albeit at those insane frame rates.

The map view test involves presiding over an actual game map and measuring performance zoomed into and out of the world view. Frame rates there are a little less consistent here, though it’s worth noting that any of these cards yield playable performance with all of the game’s detail settings maxed out.

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    TheRockMonsi , November 9, 2010 11:45 AM
    The price right now for this card is way over $500 on newegg. For that price NVIDIA better be giving me a bj as well.
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    KT_WASP , November 9, 2010 11:24 AM
    The last bit of the article is the most important I think. Anyone who drops $500 on this card right now, before Cayman releases, should have their head examined. With two companies releasing so close together, it would be in a person's best interest to see what the other is bringing to the table before shelling out such a large chunk of change.

    If the 6850 and 6870 have shown one thing.. they are much better then the last gen in many ways (power, noise and scaling) and the cayman is much more robust then the barts. So, before you start calling a winner here, wait and see. That is my advise.
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    awood28211 , November 9, 2010 11:27 AM
    Sound performance but the game here seems to be...double leap-frog. You can just release a product that competes with the competitors current offerings, you gotta compete with what he releases next... If AMD's next offering is significantly faster than it's current, then NVIDIA will still be playing catchup.
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    xurwin , November 9, 2010 11:18 AM
    its the beast(best)! no doubt nvidia is making a way to combat 6900's
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    KT_WASP , November 9, 2010 11:24 AM
    The last bit of the article is the most important I think. Anyone who drops $500 on this card right now, before Cayman releases, should have their head examined. With two companies releasing so close together, it would be in a person's best interest to see what the other is bringing to the table before shelling out such a large chunk of change.

    If the 6850 and 6870 have shown one thing.. they are much better then the last gen in many ways (power, noise and scaling) and the cayman is much more robust then the barts. So, before you start calling a winner here, wait and see. That is my advise.
  • 25 Hide
    awood28211 , November 9, 2010 11:27 AM
    Sound performance but the game here seems to be...double leap-frog. You can just release a product that competes with the competitors current offerings, you gotta compete with what he releases next... If AMD's next offering is significantly faster than it's current, then NVIDIA will still be playing catchup.
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    nevertell , November 9, 2010 11:44 AM
    So it's basically what the 480 should have been. Fair enough, I'll wait for the 470 version of the gf110 and buy that.
  • 38 Hide
    TheRockMonsi , November 9, 2010 11:45 AM
    The price right now for this card is way over $500 on newegg. For that price NVIDIA better be giving me a bj as well.
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    Anonymous , November 9, 2010 11:45 AM
    It'll certainly be interesting, even if i don't agree with NVIDIA playing catchup. The 480 had its flaws, but it still was the fastest single GPU around.

    We'll see what the 69xx have to offer. NVIDIA releasing now puts somewhat of a time constraint on AMD though. If it takes them too long to get something out the door, even some people waiting now may just get the 580 for christmas.
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    iamtheking123 , November 9, 2010 11:47 AM
    Looks to me that the 580 is somewhere between a 5870 and a 5970. Might have been more impressive if it was Q2 2010 and not Q4 2010.

    With ATI's meat-and-gravy bits of the 6000 series on the launchpad, you'd be an idiot to buy one of these at this price.
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    Blink , November 9, 2010 11:49 AM
    On Civ 5 benchmark the 5970 has the worst 'Zoomed Out' fps. Strange?
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    rottingsheep , November 9, 2010 11:52 AM
    i think 1 big inefficient chip trumps 2 efficient chips when it comes to performance taking into account the dual gpu scaling inefficiency.
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    rottingsheep , November 9, 2010 11:55 AM
    where's the data for 580s temp and power consumption?
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    mustbhacks , November 9, 2010 12:00 PM
    kevin1212Nvidia is embarrassed by the power draw of the gtx 580, haha. Improvement in performance but uses the same amt of power... still not a big enough improvement in efficiency, and no big leap in value either. AMD will wipe the floor with this card. By the way, i know you guys decided to drop crysis, and i can understand that, but given that this is a high end card, maybe you should have considered it, since frankly anyone buying a card like this would probably want it for crysis more than anything else. A 6870 is more than enough for the others.


    I'd say Metro more than fills Crysis's shoes.

    And to the guy above who was dissapointed by the 6850, you're insane.
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    notty22 , November 9, 2010 12:01 PM
    If the GTX 580 could talk it would probably say:
    "There can be only one "
    Fastest GPU on the planet.
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    rhino13 , November 9, 2010 12:09 PM
    Nice offering.
    I wish nVidia had had this success initially.
    But it is nice that they went back and patched things up.

    Looking forward to a comparison between the 580 and the 6970!
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    eklipz330 , November 9, 2010 12:09 PM
    how come other sites have power and heat representation?
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    dominatorix , November 9, 2010 12:14 PM
    just wait for Cayman.....but I want a card on 32 or 28 nm chip architecture, sow I' will wait even more.....
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    yzfr1guy , November 9, 2010 12:16 PM
    Power usage is in-effing-sane for higher end gpu's. What happened to the Go Green effort with pcs? :p 
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