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NVIDIA GTX 590 Review



Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.5 is a DirectX 11 GPU benchmark based on the Unigine engine.  This was the first DX 11 benchmark out to allow testing of  DX 11 features. What sets the Heaven Benchmark apart is the addition of hardware tessellation, available in three modes — Moderate, Normal and Extreme. Although tessellation requires a video card with DirectX 11 support and Windows Vista/7, the Heaven Benchmark also supports DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.0. Visually, it features beautiful floating islands that contain a tiny village and extremely detailed architecture.



  • 4xAA
  • 16xAF
  • Shaders = High
  • Tesselation = Moderate
  • Measurement = FPS













Higher = Better


In the Heaven Benchmark the HD 6990 is outperformed by the GTX 590 across all eight tests.

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