XFX nForce 630i Socket 775 mATX Motherboard
3D Gaming Results
Quake 4 is a game built on the Doom 3 engine. Benchmarking was performed using Quake4Bench and a custom timedemo recording along with 0xAA, 0xAF settings at a resolution of 1024x768. The benchmark was set to run a total of 5 times, with Quake4Bench automatically calculating an average result at the end of the run.
Bioshock is a recent FPS shooter by 2K games. Based on the UT3 engine it has a large amount of advanced DirectX techniques including excellent water rendering and superb lighting and smoke techniques. All results were recorded using F.R.A.P.S with a total of 5 identical runs through the same area of the game. The highest and lowest results were then removed, with an average being calculated from the remaining 3 results.
During the 3D gaming phase we see very little difference between the two motherboards. Quake 4 results are almost dead even, and the difference of 1 FPS in BIOSHOCK is hardly worth splitting hairs over. However, looking at the results for both Quake 4 and BIOSHOCK we can see that both motherboards and their integrated graphics solutions simply do not supply enough fire power to make the games playable, nor enjoyable. The inclusion of a discrete graphics card is a must if you are looking at gaming on any recent releases.
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