Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H Motherboard Review – AMD 890GX

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat

Stalker Call of Pripyat DX11<br />
Performance Benchmark

The events of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat unfold shortly after
the end of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl following the ending in
which Strelok destroys the C-Consciousness. Having discovered the open
path to the Zone’s center, the government decides to stage a large-scale
operation to take control of the Chernobyl nuclear plant.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat utilizes the XRAY 1.6 Engine,
allowing advanced modern graphical features through the use of DirectX
11 to be fully integrated; one outstanding feature being the inclusion
of real-time GPU tessellation. Regions and maps feature photo realistic
scenes of the region it is made to represent. There is also extensive support for older versions of DirectX, meaning that Call of Pripyat is
also compatible with older DirectX 8, 9, 10 and 10.1 graphics cards.

Stalker Call of Pripyat DX11<br />
Performance Benchmark

The game S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: CoP has no internal benchmarking tools built
into the game engine, but they do have a standalone benchmark available
that we used for our testing purposes. The screen capture above shows
the main window of the benchmark with our settings. Notice we are
running Enhanced Full Dynamic Lighting “DX10″ as our renderer.

Stalker Call of Pripyat DX11<br />
Performance Benchmark

Results: We were shocked to see the integrated graphics running at nearly 30FPS on this benchmark as we had enhanced full dynamic lighting (DX10) enabled, which isn’t the lowest setting possible. With integrated graphics we see a 1FPS difference between the boards, which isn’t significant. With the Radeon HD 5870 installed in the system the Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H performed slightly better than the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 motherboard once again.  It’s safe to say that the Gigabyte 890GX motherboard has better discrete graphics performance for one reason or another.
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