|Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6 DES X48 DDR3 Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Sunday, 17 February 2008|
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Supreme Commander Benchmark Results
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance is a standalone real-time strategy computer game expansion to Supreme Commander, developed by Gas Powered Games and published by THQ. Because it is a standalone expansion, it is possible to play without owning Supreme Commander. Forged Alliance adds new game play features to the game, several new units for the three preexisting factions, and is further optimized for increased performance beyond that of the original game.
Supreme Commander makes extensive use of two technologies relatively unused in video games prior to its release, namely multi core processing and multi monitor displays. When detecting a multi-core processor, the game assigns a specific task, such as AI calculations, to each core, splitting the load between them. Supreme Commander is one of the first games to specifically support dual and quad core processors in the game.
Unlike World in Conflict, Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance does not use a short in-game benchmark to determine a score. In these tests, Supreme Commander plays an entire round of the game from start to finish and generates composite scores based on this lengthy test. This composite score is based on two factors: sim and render.
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance may not offer the first-person shooter experience that many gamers prefer, but the graphics are among the most demanding possible. Even so, there begins to be a trend showing which places the Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6 ahead of the ASUS P5K3 Deluxe. In the average of five tests, it seems that PCI Express 2.0 shows its worthiness and the X48 motherboard prevails. In our next section, we shall see if the equally-demanding video game Crysis will help strengthen this position.