|Zotac H55ITX-C-E Mini-ITX WiFi Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Servando Silva|
|Wednesday, 13 October 2010|
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Street Fighter IV Benchmark ResultsCapcom's Street Fighter IV is part of the now-famous Street Fighter series that began in 1987. The 2D Street Fighter II was one of the most popular fighting games of the 1990s, and now gets a 3D face-lift to become Street Fighter 4. The Street Fighter 4 benchmark utility was released as a novel way to test your system's ability to run the game. It uses a few dressed-up fight scenes where combatants fight against each other using various martial arts disciplines. Feet, fists and magic fill the screen with a flurry of activity. Due to the rapid pace, varied lighting and the use of music this is one of the more enjoyable benchmarks.
Street Fighter IV uses a proprietary Capcom SF4 game engine, which is enhanced over previous versions of the game. While modern desktop computers with discrete graphics have no problem playing Street Fighter IV at its highest graphical settings, integrated and mobile GPUs have a difficult time producing playable frame rates with the lowest settings configured.
Ok, now we're really talking about 3D performance. Again, the H55ITX performed a little better than the competition by pulling 2 extra FPS in the test. Still, we haven't got a play-able game with these settings, so don't expect your Intel HD graphics unit to be able to run latest games either. Now, as you might notice, there's a significant increase when overclocking our CPU, which really shouldn't be there. In other reviews, we've proven how little CPU frequency affects to 3d benchmarks, and Street Fighter IV is no exception. In our GIGABYTE H55N-USB3 review, the platform scored almost the same results when overclocked against stock values. This time, we're watching a 27% increase, which leads us to think/confirm the iGPU is being overclocked within the CPU BCLK. That would also explain why I couldn't reach higher BCLK values whereas my CPU is able to do 200MHz+ on BCLK frequency. Let's go ahead with some Full HD playback results in the next section.