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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [02.27.08]
Manufactured by: Universal Abit



The fact is, gaming performance is almost entirely based on the graphics processor in the system. The CPU won't change things much, as long as they're in the same category and price range. Same goes for the memory speed and motherboard. Things may improve here and there, but overall, expect to see similar performance from systems using the same graphics card.

This is something to keep in mind when building a system, and why Abit is providing a sub-$200 motherboard that supports the latest quad-core processors. If you really want to invest in a quality gaming system, you need to put most of your money in the video card, not the CPU or motherboard.

With that out of the way, we can still take a quick look at some games :)

3DMark 06

See? ;)


Crysis comes with built-in GPU and CPU benchmark timedemos. However, as HardOCP has found, drivers are being optimized for performance in the timedmos that don't necessarily reflect in the game itself. This is cheesy, and why we would never use these benchmarks in a video card review.

However, for the purpose of a motherboard review where the graphics card and driver does not change, it will be perfectly fine. We ran both the CPU and GPU test, in DX9 mode at 800x600, with all settings at "Low Quality"

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Since COD4 doesn't include a benchmarking utility, manual benchmarking was required. For this, I ran the same 30 second portion of the game five times on each configuration. An average of those 5 runs were given. I chose the beginning of the "Heat" level because it started off with a lot of explosions, and it has to calculate a lot of ragdoll effects with a ton of enemies being thrown about, and more firing your way. Also, the same 30 seconds can be spent sitting in the exact same spot, so runs are easily repeatable and benchmarks aren't affected by gameplay as much.

Unreal Tournament 3

Finally, we have the latest version of UT3. We used the UT3 Benchmark Utility and one of the included botmatch timedemos. Like the Crysis benchmark, I have a feeling that graphics makers may optimize for this. However, we're using the game video card in each system here, so that doesn't matter.

Finally, a game that shows a performance increase from the higher FSB rate! It sure isn't much though, is it? Just more evidence that in a gaming system, the graphics card is more important than anything else by far.

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