abit Fatal1ty F-I90HD Motherboard

Test Results - 3DMark, Gaming and High-Definition Playback

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.

abit f-i90hd 3dmark05

With a reasonable performance in 3DMark05 the Radeon X1250 does pretty well.

abit f-i90hd 3dmark06

The X1250 suffers in the more stressful 3DMark06 test. This doesn't bode too well for more recent games.

Gaming Performance

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.

Counter-Strike: Source

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.

abit f-i90hd gaming performance

Managing 1024 x 768 with 2 x AA and 2 x AF the X1250 on the board did very well in my opinion. Gaming wasn't too bad although it could get very slightly laggy at times.


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.

abit f-i90hd fear settings

Once again a resolution of 1024 x 768 was achieved but note that every settings had to be put down onto Low and no AA could be used at all on the scene. Not too bad, but not very pleasant to play it has to be said.

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:

abit f-i90hd cod 2

Playing at 800 x 600 with no AA and almost every setting on Low is pretty bad on Call of Duty 2 as the graphics are part of what makes the gameplay so good. Still at least you can play at this level I suppose.

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.

abit f-i90hd command and conquer 3

The image quality at 800 x 600 isn't great but the game was highly playable. Here are the settings used just for information:

abit f-i90hd command & conquer 3 setings

Some settings put down to minimum, but some maintained at medium which is good.

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.

abit f-i90hd t2 hd

abit f-i90hd elephants dream

Playback was smooth with no glitches apart from when switching from windowed to full screen when there was a slight delay. The board dealt admirably with the high-definition playback and using ATI's excellent AVIVO features on the film and trailers made them look polished and very smooth.

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.
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Most Recent Comments

16-04-2007, 13:04:44

I think the most impressive part is the letter from Wendell!

Tbh I've quite liked the look of this one since I first saw it, imo it'd be fantastic for a HTPC.Quote

16-04-2007, 13:04:55

sweet looking.. and with the c2d price drops should soon be in my htpc budget Quote

16-04-2007, 13:13:00

One thing I just thought of actually, why did they decide to brand it as a fatality product? Surely they should be for 'hardcore' gamers?Quote

16-04-2007, 13:21:39

Well ye I thought that a bit strange, but I suppose they are trying to market it as a gaming productQuote

16-04-2007, 14:27:21

I'm sure they'd probably make more money marketing it as a HTPC product. Without the fatality branding it'd probably be cheaper and the 690G with HDMI just seems like the perfect HTPC board. Ah well, I'm sure there are some very well paid people in the workd making these kind of desisions.Quote

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