ECS C-19A SLI Motherboard ReviewFri, May 26, 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!
AquaMark3 is a powerful tool to determine reliable information about the gaming performance of a computer system. Again, resolution is set 1024×768.
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 1024×768 with detail set to high.
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. Soft Shadows were turned OFF. Settings were at 4xAA and 16xAF.
This is starting to sound like a broken record… err… I guess alot of you do not know what records are, so let’s just say that this is the same song, different verse! The ECS board does very well with all of our gaming tests. I am very impressed to see this board perform as well as it does. Ok, so now we have seen our overall system performance, memory bandwidth and gaming tests and the results are all the same: ECS has a good board here. Anyone looking to run a board at default setting really has no need to buy a more expensive board, and should take a look at this offering from ECS. So what more could you ask for? If you are an enthusiast, you want to see what extra performance you can get from a board, so you would ask for overclocking results! Well, let’s push the board a little and see what we get!