Asrock AM2V890-VSTA & MSI K9A Platinum MotherboardsTue, Aug 22, 2006 - 12:00 AM
The Tests: 3D and Gaming Performance
3DMark05 is best suited for the latest generation of DirectX 9.0 graphics cards. It is the first benchmark to require a DirectX9.0 compliant hardware with support for Pixel Shaders 2.0 or higher! By combining high quality 3D tests, CPU tests, feature tests, image quality tools, and much more, 3DMark05 is a premium benchmark for evaluating the latest generation of gaming hardware.
3DMark06 is the latest version in the popular 3DMark series, including advanced SM2.0 and HDR/SM3.0 Shader graphics tests and now including single, multiple core and multiple processor CPU tests as part of the 3DMark score!
Both of the 3DMark tests show that the boards are also in a dead heat as they score very, very close to each other.
AquaMark3 is a powerful tool to determine reliable information about the gaming performance of a computer system. All settings for this test were left at default.
Doom 3 is a great choice for system benchmarking because of its built in time demo. For this test, we used Time Demo 1 with resolution set to 1280×1024 withe the rest of the settings being default.
Far Cry is another super popular FPS title that seriously taxes your systems graphics. HardwareOC developed this specialized benchmarking utility that automatically runs the test twice and averages out the score. V 1.41 was used here, with a resolution of 1024×768 and detail levels set to high.
First Encounter Assault Recon or F.E.A.R. Anyone who has played this game knows that it brings any computer to it’s knees. Fantastic visuals, this is one of the most advanced graphic engines we have seen. If you haven’t played this game you should really check it out. Both graphics and machine settings were on “Maximum” in the F.E.A.R. performance menu. Settings were at 4xAA and 16xAF.
Ok, I will say it again, although you know what will be said. These gaming results are also pretty much a tie. Each board takes the lead at one point or another throughout our gaming tests. Both boards perform very well, and at default settings, you would be hard pressed to find anything that would set either board apart from the other. Let’s move on and take a look at the overclocking results.