|ASUS Striker II NSE nForce 790i SLI Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 28 May 2008|
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3dMark06 Graphics Performance
3DMark is a computer benchmark by Futuremark (formerly MadOnion) to determine the DirectX performance of 3D game performance with graphics cards. 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests.
3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today.
Here at Benchmark Reviews, we understand that synthetic benchmark tools can be just as valuable as video game testing so long as it does not become a replacement. Since the same test is applied in the same controlled method with each test run, synthetic test tools such as 3DMark provide very reliable results for comparing graphic cards against one-another. Like any test, the results are relative, but in this particular case of comparing apples to apples the application is especially beneficial.
At the lower resolutions, 3DMark should concentrate the strain onto the video card and place emphasis on graphics performance. This makes for a GPU-dependant test environment, is is helpful in reducing the influence of system hardware in the test results.
In this series of tests, a ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB video card was installed into each motherboard. This video card is PCI Express 2.0 compatible, just as the Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6 and ASUS Striker II NSE bother are, and therefore takes advantage of the new interface which doubles bandwidth. So far, the Striker II NSE leads by barely a hair in the 1024x768 and 1280x1024 tests.
Once all of the 3dMark06 testing was complete, the results seemed inconclusive. Perhaps it's wrong to think this way, but two entirely different chipsets should have easily shown some advantage by now. However it seems that the 3DMark06 scores indicate no real difference at all. Despite a small difference in the first two 3DMark scores leaning towards the Striker II, the higher-resolution 1600x1200 tests show the same advantage going towards the X48 motherboard. With nearly identical throughout in these tests, 3dMark06 benchmarks are inconclusive in determining the advantage.
In the next section, Benchmark Reviews will compare these two motherboards using the Crysis video game. Will that prove a leader?