High Definition & Gaming Tests
Unlike the synthetic benchmarks, you as the reader are able to have a better grasp of understanding how well the Matrix II 955BE performs. A series of games are run, all using the monitor’s native resolution of 1920x1080 and finally, 4x Anti Aliasing and 8x Anisotrophic Filterising was applied.
Microsoft Flight Simulator X
Microsoft Flight Simulator X, built upon an ageing engine is not an efficient game at all. The initial release of the game did not take advantage of Direct X 10 features, nor was it optimized for multiple cores. Observations of poor performance were widespread and even after service packs that amended much of these problems, many still struggle to play the game with respectable frame rates. Also, even though the game likes lots and lots of video memory, it is widely CPU dependant even at high resolutions.
As you can see, the Matrix II 955BE performed admirably during our tests. We know that the HD 4870’s 512mb of onboard memory could well have held the game’s performance back but even so the frame rates were more than playable. Bare in mind that flight simulators are slow running games and that even frame rates as low as 20fps will appear surprisingly smooth.
FarCry 2 by comparison is a more recent release and much better coded. There were occasional moments where stutters were apparent and this is shown by the minimum frame rate readout however largely speaking, the frame rates remained above 40 and the overall game play was enjoyable and the eye candy very attractive.
This game needs no introduction with it’s high popularity and so one would also like to see high levels of performance from it as well! CoD4 however isn’t the most demanding of games and so even with a plenty of AA and AF at 1920x1080 resolution, the Matrix II 955BE ate it for breakfast.
Also a popular game amongst our virtual petrol heads, Racedriver GRID performed incredibly well with very fluid frame rates.
Microsoft HD Showcase
We used three 1080p high definition clips to test the Matrix II’s video playback and aside inspecting the clarity and fluidity, we made a note of CPU utilization. The image quality when paired with the Iiyama 2208HDS Monitor was fantastic and there was no sign of any abnormal behaviour such as stuttering. CPU utilization remained low.