Introducing the GTX 570 – the GTX 480’s Performance at $349
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition is a Capcom port of an Xbox 360 game. It takes place on the icy planet of E.D.N. III which is filled with monsters, pirates, big guns, and huge bosses. This frozen world highlights high dynamic range lighting (HDR) as the snow-white environment reflects blinding sunlight as DX10 particle systems toss snow and ice all around.
The game looks great in both DirectX 9 and 10 and there isn’t really much of a difference between the two versions except perhaps shadows. Unfortunately, the DX10 version doesn’t look that much better when you’re actually playing the game and it still runs slower than the DX9 version. We use the in-game performance test from the retail copy of Lost Planet and updated through Steam to the latest version for our runs. This run isn’t completely scripted as the creatures act a little differently each time you run it, requiring multiple runs. Lost Planet’s Snow and Cave demos are run continuously by the performance test and blend into each other.
Here are our benchmark results with the more demanding benchmark, Snow. All settings are fully maxed out in-game including 2x or 4xAA/16xAF. Let’s start with 1920×1200 resolution with 2xAA. Now at 1680×1050 and with 4xAA: The HD 5870 is edged by the GTX 480 which in turn is beaten by the GTX 570 while the GTX 580 convincingly takes the crown. Next we have the HD 6870, the HD 6850 and the overclocked GTX 460 in a class below our top four cards. The GTX 280 does surprisingly well for a change, nearly matching the overclocked GTX 460.