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Written by Bruce Normann   
Thursday, 15 July 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 Motherboard
AMD 880G Chipset Overview
ASUS AMD-880G Series Features
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 Specifications
Closer Look: M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 Details
ASUS BIOS and Overclocking
Motherboard Testing Methodology
EVEREST Benchmark Results
PCMark Vantage Test Results
CINEBENCH 11.5 Benchmark
Passmark Performance Test Benchmark
Crysis Test Results
Aliens vs. Predator Test Results
Motherboard Final Thoughts
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 Conclusion

Aliens vs. Predator Test Results

Rebellion, SEGA and Twentieth Century FOX have released the Aliens vs. Predator DirectX 11 Benchmark to the public. As with many of the already released DirectX 11 benchmarks, the Aliens vs. Predator DirectX 11 benchmark leverages your DirectX 11 hardware to provide an immersive game play experience through the use of DirectX 11 Tessellation and DirectX 11 Advanced Shadow features.

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In Aliens vs. Predator, DirectX 11 Geometry Tessellation is applied in an effective manner to enhance and more accurately depict HR Giger's famous Alien design. Through the use of a variety of adaptive schemes, applying tessellation when and where it is necessary, the perfect blend of performance and visual fidelity is achieved with at most a 4% change in performance.

DirectX 11 hardware also allows for higher quality, smoother and more natural looking shadows as well. DirectX 11 Advanced Shadows allow for the rendering of high-quality shadows, with smoother, artifact-free penumbra regions, which otherwise could not be realized, again providing for a higher quality, more immersive gaming experience.

Whenever possible we configure benchmark software to its maximum settings for our tests, but there are special cases when it's instructive to back off on some settings in order to put less load on the GPU and more load on the CPU. In the case of Aliens vs. Predator, we tested with the following settings: Texture Quality-Very High, Shadow Quality-High, HW Tessellation & Advanced Shadow Sampling-ON, Anisotropic Filtering-16x, and Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO)-ON. Multi Sample Anti-Aliasing was turned off for our low resolution testing at 1280 x 1024, and set to the maximum level of 4x for the high resolution test. At the highest resolution of 1920 x 1200, this is a challenging benchmark, as an ATI HD5870 card just barely achieves an average frame rate of 30FPS.

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We generally see very minor differences, if any in typical gaming benchmarks while testing motherboards and CPUs. At best, Crysis will stress the CPU enough to show some variation, as we just saw above, but most of the other benchmarks are all GPU bound. Aliens vs. Predator is brand new, and it looks like we finally have another gaming benchmark that uses the CPU for more than just housekeeping tasks. There's less variation in this chart than in the last comparison test I did, but that's because the lowest CPU clock we have here is the relatively high 3.2 GHz of the stock AMD 555 Black Edition.

What's really interesting is that the new AMD 880G/555BE system takes top marks in both low resolution and high resolution tests, even at its lowest clock speed. The largest differences in each test are due to the CPU and Motherboard in use, not the clock rates. The Intel entry is in last place both times, despite the high overclock of 4.0 GHz. My experience with this benchmark is that it is very stable and reliable, in that multiple runs typically vary by only 0.1 FPS. Even though the biggest difference is barely more than 1 FPS, it's very repeatable; I just wish there was a wider spread between the different results.

Well, it's a nice switch to finally see some CPU influence in our gaming benchmarks, even if there was no meaningful difference in the gaming experience. Let's finish up with some final thoughts and conclusions.



 

Comments 

 
# Good review, dubious comparisonsBernardP 2010-07-21 07:22
A well-written, detailed review, with good explanations of the features of this particular motherboard. However, knowing that the i5-750 eats Phenoms quad-cores for breakfast, showing comparative benchmarks of the i5-750 with X2 and X3 Phenoms is not representative.

I would have liked to see comparative benchmarks involving a Phenom II X4 945, which has the same 95W TDP as the 15-750.

Also, there are no comments about the Core Unlocking and Turbo Core performance.
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# AgreedBruce Normann 2010-07-21 08:18
I would have prefered to compare apples-to-apples on the CPU, but I used what I had available. For this board, I actually would have liked to compare one of the new Clarksdale CPUs from Intel either the Pentium G6950 Clarkdale 2.8GHz or the Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz. They're on either side of the price for the X2 555BE I tested with. I had a Core2Duo Wolfdale in house, but that's not really comparable.

My X2 chip wouldn't unlock unfortunately, so I can't offer performance comparisons for the Core Unlocker. The Turbo Unlocker is tough to measure accurately, as it is dynamic and doesn't always respond the same way every time. I will try and do some more testing and will update the review if I can get reliable results.

Thanks for the feedback.
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# RE: AgreedBernardP 2010-07-21 10:30
Thanks for you reply and explanations. Interesting to know your Phenom X2 sample wouldn't unlock. Many people seem to think that X2 and X3 processors *have* to unlock and feel cheated when they don't.
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# AMD GamerPhil Holmes 2011-04-07 18:24
##facebook.com/DJ.Decibels.4DFx#!/photo.php?fbid=10150548993280384&set=a.10150548993275384.648430.543020383&theater

Benchmark ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO with 4GB DDR3 1333MHz / AMD PhenomII x4 965 Black Edition 124w
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