|Biostar TA890GXB-HD mATX AMD Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Monday, 31 May 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.
The Resident Evil 5 benchmarks clearly prove to us the benefit of the 128MB of sideport memory on the ASUS motherboard. The TA890GXB-HD forgoes the memory, and is punished for it in these tests. Since all the other components are the same, the only difference lies in the IGP. The Radeon HD 4290 on the TA890GXB-HD actually has a faster clock speed at 700MHz than the Radeon HD 4200 on the ASUS board at 500MHz. Even so, the sideport memory, that functions as a frame buffer with very low latency (7-7-7-21 DDR3 1333MHz) bandwidth to the graphics core, offers a sizeable difference. It doesn't make the game playable, but it does increase performance.
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 HD 4290 will function perfectly for you. If you want to play high end games, however, or are involved in any type of 3D rendering, you should invest in a discrete GPU. It should also be noted that the TA890GXB-HD 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.