ASRock 890GX Extreme3
Dedicated Graphics Performance
3DMark Vantage is Futuremarks flagship gaming oriented benchmark at present and is considered to be a demanding one at that. Our tests were carried out under the "Performance" prefix.
The ASRock takes a peculiar lead in 3DMark Vantage. This is most likely due to a prior issue that we had with the M4A89GTD PRO that has now been resolved. Once again, the 400MHz overclock appears to make a substantial difference in CPU based tests.
Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead is a very popular hit and should be an interesting choice to take our testbed for a spin. Let's see how well it performs.
There is very little separating the two motherboards here.
Microsoft Flight Simulator X
Flight Simulator X remains to be a terribly demanding game for it's age. Known for being very demanding on the CPU but also requiring a level of GPU power in the process, we thought it'd be interesting to see how it faired.
Out of all our games, FSX is always the hit that sees an immediate performance boost from a CPU Overclock - even at 1920x1200. Once again, both systems remain very much on par and the results are very much as one would expect.
Crysis Warhead is without a doubt one hard nut to crack, especially at higher resolutions and a dash of Anti Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering.
Quite the opposite to FSX, Crysis Warhead is an all out GPU hog. No CPU overclock could raise these framerates as the Radeon HD 5670 is the weakest link here!
DiRT2 is a very recent race driving game, known for it's Direct X 11 support.
The ASRock sees a slight performance dip over the Asus at stock speeds here in DiRT2. Once again however, the major limitation in this benchmark lies with the GPU.
That's all folks!