|ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO mATX AM3 Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Hank Tolman - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 06 April 2010|
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Resident Evil 5 Benchmark Results
Built upon an advanced version of Capcom's proprietary MT Framework game engine to deliver DirectX 10 graphic detail, Resident Evil 5 offers gamers non-stop action similar to Devil May Cry 4, Lost Planet, and Dead Rising. The MT Framework is an exclusive seventh generation game engine built to be used with games developed for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and PC ports. MT stands for "Multi-Thread", "Meta Tools" and "Multi-Target". Games using the MT Framework are originally developed on the PC and then ported to the other two console platforms.
On the PC version of Resident Evil 5, both DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 modes are available for Microsoft Windows XP and Vista Operating Systems. Microsoft Windows 7 will play Resident Evil with backwards compatible Direct3D APIs. Resident Evil 5 is branded with the NVIDIA The Way It's Meant to be Played (TWIMTBP) logo, and receives functionality enhancements. NVIDIA and Capcom offer the Resident Evil 5 benchmark demo for free download from their website, and Benchmark Reviews encourages visitors to compare their own results to ours.
As we can see, neither the M4A785TD-M EVO, paired with the Radeon HD 4200, nor the Intel G41 motherboard, paired with the GMA4500 GPU, can run Resident Evil 5 at frame rates that are playable. This is not surprising, as both of the on-board graphics devices are targeted more toward video playback and multi-media then gaming. The PCMark Vantage test gave us a good idea of how these components compare to each other in those areas, but it is a synthetic benchmark. It is nice to see the performance difference on a gaming benchmark even if the scores are low. The Resident Evil 5 test does show, however, that the M4A785TD-M EVO with the Radeon HD 4200 outperforms the GMA4500 graphics by 25% in the more taxing area #3, and by 17% in area #4. The same trend has been continuous throughout our testing.
When overclocked using the automatic overclock settings within the GPU NOS program provided with the M4A785TD-M EVO motherboard, the Radeon HD 4200 improves significantly. The performance gain over the stock settings is 69% in area #3 and 48% in area #4. While these frame rates are still not high enough to play the game without a lot of difficulty, it is enough to show that the overclock utility in GPU NOS can greatly improve the performance of the Radeon HD 4200 on the M4A785TD-M EVO. Without any surprise, the 9800GTX+ (used in the M4A785TD-M EVO in this test) performs much better than either of the onboard graphics and illustrates the ability of the M4A785TD-M EVO to play modern games when paired with even a decent discrete video option.
Whatever you are looking for as far as graphic prowess, whether it be an HTPC for streaming flash video, a PC to play older, less GPU intensive games, or a even just a basic working computer for word processing and internet browsing, the Radeon HD4200 on the M4A785TD-M EVO does a much better job than the GMA4500. It should also be noted that the M4A785TD-M EVO comes equipped with a PCIe x16 port that can be used for a much better discrete graphics card if you need to use the computer for highly GPU intensive games or projects. The comparison motherboard, the Intel DG41MJ does not offer this option, even though it only costs about $15 less than the M4A785TD-M EVO.