|ASUS Striker II NSE nForce 790i SLI Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 28 May 2008|
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Crysis Benchmark Comparison
Crysis uses a new graphics engine: the CryENGINE2, which is the successor to Far Cry's CryENGINE. CryENGINE2 is among the first engines to use the Direct3D 10 (DirectX 10) framework of Windows Vista, but can also run using DirectX9, both on Vista and Windows XP.
Roy Taylor, Vice President of Content Relations at NVIDIA, has spoken on the subject of the engine's complexity, stating that Crysis has over a million lines of code, 1GB of texture data, and 85,000 shaders.
To get the most out of modern multicore processor architectures, CPU intensive subsystems of CryENGINE 2 such as physics, networking and sound, have been re-written to support multi-threading.
For our testing purposes, Benchmark Reviews uses the Crysis Benchmarking Tool (v18.104.22.168) by Boris Vergiza. This allows the testing to be repeatedly looped for a final average score. The short benchmark test does place some high amounts of stress on a graphics card, since there are so many landscape features rendered. For benchmarking purposes, Crysis can mean trouble as it places a high demand on both GPU and CPU resources.
At 1024x768 the Striker II NSE leads by an astounding 0.28 FPS! The tension grows as I tested the 1280x1024 resolution, which resulted in a major 1.2 FPS advantage for the Striker II NSE. By far, this test showed the most difference between products up to this point. My patience wore thin, but the tests must continue and a victory must be had!
Based on our series of Crysis benchmarks, the test results indicate that the Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6 is outclassed by the ASUS Striker II NSE by 0.41% margin in the 1600x1200 high-resolution tests. We can speculate from this that the Striker is somehow better, but until I see a consistent advantage of a full 1% or better, I'm not ready to throw the checkered flag just yet.
So I'll give these two motherboards one more chance at convincing me they do better in video games, and then it's off to a pure GPU benchmark.