|ASUS Striker II NSE nForce 790i SLI Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 28 May 2008|
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World in Conflict Benchmark Results
The latest version of Massive's proprietary Masstech engine utilizes DX10 technology and features advanced lighting and physics effects, and allows for a full 360 degree range of camera control. Massive's MassTech engine scales down to accommodate a wide range of PC specifications, if you've played a modern PC game within the last two years, you'll be able to play World in Conflict.
World in Conflict's FPS-like control scheme and 360-degree camera make its action-strategy game play accessible to strategy fans and fans of other genres... if you love strategy, you'll love World in Conflict. If you've never played strategy, World in Conflict is the strategy game to try.
World in Conflict offers an in-game benchmark, which records the minimum, average, and maximum frame rates during the test. Very recently another hardware review website made the assertion that these tests are worthless, but we couldn't disagree more. When used to compare the same component on two separate platforms, the in-game benchmark works very well. This doesn't prove to be the case when comparing different GPU's, however.
A cautionary word about maximum frame rates is necessary, however. Although these readings are worth noting, the maximum framerate is nearly worthless in determining GPU power. The reason for this is simple: those maximum frame rates are collected from scenes with little to no movement or graphical demand. Obviously this shifts the importance over to the minimum framerate, which will indicate how smooth the performance will remain under heavy demand.
In the previous benchmark tests, there has been a small margin of difference in performance between the Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6 and ASUS Striker II NSE motherboard. This difference has been so small, they might be called equal up to this point.
In the 1024x768 and 1280x1024 resolution tests, World in Conflict maintained an average 1 FPS better frame rate on the Gigabyte X48 motherboard when compared to the ASUS Striker II NSE.,, obviously still too close to determine a victory. In fact, the tally seems to have them each with the same amount of advantage points thus far.
At the concluding of our World in Conflict testing, it would seem quite fitting that the two motherboards finish the 1600x1200 tests with identical frame rates. And after several days of testing, I feel like I've just compared different No. 2 pencils.
So while the far less expensive Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6 motherboard can overclock as high, and perform as well, there's still a few things that it cant do. Since our tests are designed to test apples-to-apples, it wouldn't be fair to compare an SLI configuration to a non-SLI configuration. But that doesn't mean I have to ignore the differences.
I will give these motherboards one last try to persuade me, and then I'm done wasting time on benchmarks. None of these tests do a better job of isolating the GPU performance than Lightsmark does in the following section.