WinFast NF4SK8AA-8EKRS Motherboard ReviewWed, Apr 19, 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.
Unreal Tournament 2004:
Though an aging game, I still like to see the results that we get using UT04!
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.
Even in gaming, this budget board makes a strong showing by taking the lead in the 3dMark benchmarks, as well as F.E.A.R.. It also stays right with the other boards, showing very little difference in performance, which it what we really would expect from any NF4 board that is running at default settings. Once again, the main difference in motherboards today, at least in the AMD arena, is in the included bundle, overclocking, and the bottom line price of the board. Let’s take a look at the overclocking of this board: