3D Performance and Gaming
For all of our 3D performance tests we run the benchmark five times, then discard the highest and slowest result before averaging the remaining three out to provide our final result. As the Futuremark and Far Cry 2 benchmarks are easily repeatable it's not quite so important as it is for the Modern Warfare and Crysis benchmarks which are a manual playthrough.
Futuremarks 3DMark is the ubiquitous benchmarking program. We all know how many points our system gets and, even if we try hard not to, it's impossible not to make it one of the first things you test when you get a new piece of hardware. 3DMark 06 is really showing its age but has been included in this graph because we know how popular it is. 3DMark Vantage is far more strenuous on modern hardware and therefore provides a more reliable figure of a systems abilities.
Considering that the tests were run using a GTX275 these scores are very impressive. It's by no means a slouch of a card but as a single card solution based upon a not-so-recent design, it shows the all around performance the P55-UD5 has available.
Crysis is well known as a system killer but finally we're at the stage where reasonable settings on a reasonable system can achieve playable frame rates. Not so here, as quite incredible settings can still give very playable frame rates indeed. The P55-UD5 not only easily handles the huge amounts of bandwidth, memory storage and GPU types, but the ALC888s also provides exceptional sound quality. Long gone are the days when a third-party sound card was obligatory.
Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare
As we reach the end of 2009, so Call of Duty Modern Warfare reaches the end of its useful life as a benchmarking piece of software. Until we move over completely to MW2, or whatever the next FPS of choice will be, it provides a very nice test and, more importantly for those of us who spend our days pounding through the same games, is always enjoyable to run through. For this test we used the final level on the plane as it doesn't take long to run through, is about as linear as any level in the game, but still has enough effects to push the system.
Far Cry 2
Far Cry 2 is a highly under-rated game that comes with the great Dunia engine and a plethora of built in benchmarks and settings. For this batch of tests we did the usual "average of the five runs after discluding the best and worst results and ran the game at the same settings that Crysis and COD4 were run at.
On to the conclusion where we tie this all up into a nicely pithy bundle.