Author: Frank Stroupe
- A Closer Look
- Installation & Overclocking
- Testing - Futuremark
- Testing - Gaming
Testing – Gaming
For gaming I chose my usual three DX10 titles, Crysis, PT Boats: Knights of the Sea, and Call of Juarez. Again, I ran tests in Gaming Profile, at my overclocked User Defined Profile, and on the Radeon HD 4870.
Though it has been out well over a year, I still find Crysis the best benchmark for gaming systems. I don’t know of any game that puts so much stress on the CPU and memory, and still is very VGA intensive. It will find those system instabilities not found by Prime95, Sandra Burn-in, and the Futuremark series, especially in memory. It is my favorite test for testing overclocks. I used the Crysis Benchmark Test by Boris Vergiza, settings were: CPU Benchmark, DX10, High, AA x 2, 1280 x 1024.
PT Boats prefers a strong CPU and powerful video card. It has some tough camera angle changes that really raise low FPS scores. I used the standalone performance test, settings were High, AA x 2, 1280 x 1024.
Call of Juarez requires a strong system for any kind of decent frame rate. I used the standalone demo benchmark, settings were: High, AA x 2, 1280 x 1024.