990FX Motherboard Roundup with Thuban and Bulldozer – A Second Wind for ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and Biostarby Ian Cutress on April 5, 2012 11:00 AM EST
Aliens vs. Predator Benchmark
Aliens vs. Predator is a DirectX 11 science fiction first-person shooter video game, developed by Rebellion Developments. Available as a standalone benchmark, on default settings the benchmark uses 1920x1080 with high AF settings. Results are reported as the average frame rate across 4 runs.
AVP is seemingly a GPU limited benchmark all the way through, with no apparent difference between the processors until you get to the dual 580 usage scenario. However, at 130 FPS, it is unlikely a difference will be spotted.
Dirt 3 is a rallying video game and the third in the Dirt series of the Colin McRae Rally series, developed and published by Codemasters. Using the in game benchmark, Dirt 3 is run at 1920x1080 with full graphical settings. Results are reported as the average frame rate across 4 runs.
Dirt3 always ends up showing a big difference between boards, as it is all about how well the runs are and how often the motherboard decides to tell the GPU to use more or less cores, or implement turbo states. In this case, the FX-8150 tends to reign over the 1100T, but the choice of motherboard at high GPU rates will cause up to a 9 FPS difference. The Sabertooth in this instance comes near the top.
Metro 2033 is a challenging DX11 benchmark that challenges every system that tries to run it at any high-end settings. Developed by 4A Games and released in March 2010, we use the inbuilt DirectX 11 Frontline benchmark to test the hardware at 1920x1080 with full graphical settings. Results are given as the average frame rate from 10 runs.
The most demanding benchmark in our suite this time round is Metro2033, requiring a lot of GPU grunt to give even a nice 60 FPS at 1920x1080. The processor doesn't seem to matter much here, as all our results are within statistical variance. Though the Sabertooth again comes rather near the top most of the time.