abit Fatal1ty F-I90HD Motherboard
Published: 2nd May 2007 | Source: abit | Price: |3DMark05 and 3DMark06
3Dmark05 and 06 are good performance indicators for general gaming performance. 3Dmark05 is a very good test of DX9 and 3DMark06 tests even further with advanced DirectX 9.0c techniques. The Radeon 1250 onboard GPU is going to be stressed to breaking with these tests.
I am comparing performance simply with one other motherboard running an X1600Pro card for reference only.
Changing the normal motherboard testing for gaming I have decided to give you an idea of what gaming is like on the F-I90HD with a "best playable" settings list and some minimum, maximum and average FPS readings. This makes more sense as most people would be buying this as an "all in one" board for all their PC HTPC needs.
Based on the excellent Source engine by Valve, Counter Strike is the worlds most popular online shooter. This makes it deal for a game to test out the onboard GPU on the F-I90HD. I tested using several 3 minute FRAPS benchmarks whilst playing in a DeathMatch on our own servers.
F.E.A.R. is an intense graphical thriller first person shooter. Using lots of DirectX 9.0c features and effects the game is very intense on the GPU and was a killer when it first came out. Once again the tests were a 3 minute manual run-through of an intense part of the game using the awesome slow-motion effects as well as explosions.
Call of Duty 2
Call of Duty 2 is a fairly recent game that uses a lot of DirectX 9.0c features, including real time shadows, amazing smoke effects and some nice looking HDR effects. This makes the game very taxing. I played a fully patched up version of the game. Once again I played through the game with a three minute gaming session including explosions, smoke and also lots of snow. Let's see how the abit F-I90HD got on here:
Command & Conquer 3
C&C3 is the much awaited RTS from EA. Hugely popular and with some pretty nice visuals almost every modern PC should be able to play it. I tested a skirmish right at the end when I had a screen full of mechs to defeat the enemy. Let's see how the abit does here.
HD Playback - Windows Media and Quicktime
For the High Definition playback part of the tests I used Windows Media Player 11 and Quicktime 7. I did a quick run-through of a couple of WMHD trailers (freely available on Microsoft's website) and the excellent short animation movie Elephants dream.
Note that to really test the HTPC capabilities of the board I hooked it up to a Sony Bravia 720p HDTV via HDMI. here the board shone through and did what it is good at. I installed Vista Home Premium on the PC and played a bit of media through the hookup. After initial trouble with the drivers I downloaded new ones and the experience was slick and easy.
Top marks here.
Gaming and Media - Sum up
Gaming on the abit Fatal1ty F-I90HD is stretching it a little in my opinion. Whilst the durable and versatile Source Engine rune pretty smoothly on the onboard X1250, most other modern games struggle and you have to drop down to 800 x 600 to get any sort of smooth gaming experience. Having said that this is still industry-leading at this time so AMD/ATI have to be praised for that.
High-definition viewing is a smooth and pleasant experience on the board and I would fully recommend this experience to anyone looking for an HTPC.