Testing – Gaming
[ad#review1068-top]Though several games were available to me, I ended up going back to the three DX10 gaming benchmarks that I have been using for some time, Crysis, PT Boats: Knights of the Sea, and Call of Juarez. Each game requires a powerful video card for acceptable results at “high” settings and using AA, along with preferring a powerful system. Each one pushes the system in its own way and so far I haven’t found anything I like better.
Crysis: Though it has been out for two years now, 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 software 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: Knights of the Sea: PT Boats prefers a strong CPU and powerful video card. It has some tough camera angle changes that really affect the FPS scores. I used the standalone performance test, settings were High, AA x 2, 1280 x 1024.
Call of Juarez: 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.