YoYoTech Intel Spartan 300 Gaming System
3DMark, Crysis & CoD4
3DMark is a popular synthetic gaming benchmark used by many gamers and overclockers to gauge the performance of their PC's. All 3DMark runs were performed a total of 5 times with the highest and lowest results being removed and an average calculated from the remaining 3 results.
Call of Duty 4 is a stunning DirectX 9.0c based game that really looks awesome and has a very full feature set. With lots of advanced lighting, smoke and water effects, the game has excellent explosions along with fast gameplay. Using the in-built Call Of Duty features, a 10-minute long gameplay demo was recorded and replayed on each of the GPU's using the /timedemo command a total of 5 times. The highest and lowest FPS results were then removed, with an average being calculated from the remaining 3 results.
Crysis is without doubt one of the most visually stunning and hardware-challenging games to date. By using CrysisBench - a tool developed independently of Crysis - we performed a total of 5 timedemo benchmarks using a GPU-intensive pre-recorded demo. To ensure the most accurate results, the highest and lowest benchmark scores were then removed and an average calculated from the remaining three.
In both 3DMark05 and 06 the Spartan 300 produces some extremely respectable results for a mid-range dual core system. Even on 3DMark Vantage at high resolutions, the Spartan 300 came within a whisker of the results we obtained
from our 3.6GHZ Q6600 test PC while benchmarking a stock HD4850.
Moving on to the real game benches, the Spartan easily handles Call of Duty 4 at 1900x1200 with 4xAA and all settings set to their highest. Producing an average of 56.6FPS we didn't experience any noticable slowdowns during online gaming, even when playing on a server with over 40 other opponents.
Crysis also faired quite well on the Spartan 300 with the graphics detail set to Medium in DX10 mode. While not exactly lag-free at 1900x1200, it was still fairly playable and even more so with the resolution reduced to 1280x1024.
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