DirectX 11 Graphics Cards – High End Roundup June 2010
Cards with DirectX 11 support first hit the market back in September of last year with the launch of ATI’s Radeon 5870. Since then ATI has released several other DX11 based models at various price points and their partners have recently begun to really push the architecture with factory overclocked and custom models. While ATI and their partners were executing these product launches NVIDIA were hard at work readying their cards which would compete in the high end of the market, starting with the GTX 480 in March and continuing more recently with the GTX 465 at the end of May.
This means that consumers now have a large selection of cards to choose from at the high end of the graphics card market and today we take a look at a number of the options available. On the ATI based side we have Sapphires 5970 Toxic 4GB and the Asus Matrix 5870 Platinum. From NVIDIA partners we have Zotac GTX 480’s, Gigabyte and Palit GTX 470’s and Gainward GTX 465’s which allow us to compare single GPU and SLI based setups. We will be covering real world gameplay, PhysX, 3D Vision, GPU computing, High Definition / 3D media playback and power/noise readings in this review to establish which products are worth purchasing.