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Cinebench, 3DMark & Game Results
Cinebench 10 is a benchmarking tool based on the powerful 3D software Cinema 4D. The suite uses complex renders to gauge the performance of the entire PC system in both single-core and multi-core modes. Testing was performed a total of 5 times with the highest and lowest results being omitted and an average created from the remaining 3 results.
3DMark is a popular synthetic gaming benchmark used by many gamers and overclockers to gauge the performance of their PC's. All 3DMark runs were performed a total of 5 times with the highest and lowest results being removed and an average calculated from the remaining 3 results.
Call of Duty 4 the latest instalment in a series of single/multiplayer games from Infinity Ward. The FPS was recorded with Fraps in the training level along with a short sprint outside. The test was run 5 times with the highest and lowest marks withdrawn and the average worked out from the remaining three results.
Company of Heroes : Opposing Fronts is the sequel to the very popular game of the same forename and is also bundled with the Asus Crosshair II so it seemed a shame not to give it a whirl. The FPS was recorded with Fraps for 60 seconds and the same mission start was run 5 times with the highest and lowest marks withdrawn and the average worked out from the remaining three results.
I find these results quite impressive considering these benchmarks were run WITHOUT a dedicated graphics card and instead using on-board VGA. Obviously with all options set to their lowest possible and with the screen resolution set to 1024x768 the games don't look anywhere near as lush as they would with a graphics card but say for example your GPU was in RMA, this little feature could still allow you to get your gaming fix, albeit in a very basic fashion. 3DMark almost brought the 780a to a crawl, averaging just a laughable 6-7fps throughout the testing but nobody is going to be attempting any 3DMark world records with onboard VGA anytime soon anyway I guess.
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