|MSI Z68A-GD80 Intel Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 01 June 2011|
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Street Fighter IV Benchmark
Street Fighter IV uses a new, built-from-scratch graphics engine that enables CAPCOM to tune the visuals and performance to fit the needs of the game, as well as run well on lower-end hardware. Although the engine is based on DX9 capabilities, it does add soft shadows, High Dynamic Range lighting, depth of field effects, and motion blur to enhance the game experience.
The game is multi-threaded, with rendering, audio, and file I/O all running in different threads. The development team has also worked to maintain a relatively constant CPU load in all parts of the game so that on-screen performance does not change dramatically in different game scenarios. I ran this benchmark configured two ways: at 1024x768 with all game settings turned as low as possible, and at 1920x1200 with all game settings turned up as high as possible.
Lucid's Virtu kicks in in i-Mode to provide excellent performance, but overclocking the Intel Core i7 2600K processor adds almost nothing to the performance at the high resolution settings . At the low resolution settings, though, overclocking the processor more than doubles the frame rate, showing that this game is CPU-limited at low resolutions and GPU-limited at high resolutions.
Blender is an open-source, free content creation suite of 3D modeling, rendering, and animation capabilities. Originally released in 2002, it's available in versions for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and several Unix distributions. It supports rigid and soft-body objects and can handle the draping and animation of cloth, as well as the rendering and animation of smoke, water, and general particle handling.
Benchmark Reviews' Blender test renders multiple frames of an animation of a chunk of ice, with translucency and reflections. Rendering of this model uses ray-tracing algorithms.
From these results it's obvious that Blender processes are entirely CPU based, with no work done on the GPU. The OC Genie overclocked configuration is 16% faster while my manual overclock is 25% faster.