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ASRock X58 Extreme Core i7 Motherboard - Real-World Tests Part II

Looking for a good low cost board for your i7 lovin'? ASRock may have your answer with the X58 Extreme.

| Socket LGA 1366 in Motherboards | Posted: Aug 7, 2009 2:27 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: ASRock

Here we have our real gaming tests. Each of the games we chose use multiple cores and GPUs. They are able to stress the system through use of good AI. Both have decent positional audio that adds impact to the sound subsystem of the board. We ran each game through the level or parts listed and recorded frames per second using FRAPS. This brings the whole game into play.

 

Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0

 

Timedemo or Level Used: From Ship Entry until third Spirit Journey

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.505games.co.uk

 

Product Homepage: http://cryostasis-game.com

 

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Cryostasis : Sleep of Reason is an interesting game. It is heavy on PhysX so to play it properly you will really want an NVIDIA GPU. However, that aside, it can be immersive. Imagine Myst with guns and monsters. One of the cool concepts is the spirit journeys. These allow you to enter the past of lost souls. You have to change their past to change your future. Each one makes for a nice diversion and requires you to think about what you are doing and how it will affect the outcome of the game. The settings we used are shown below.

 

ASRock X58 Extreme Core i7 Motherboard

 

ASRock X58 Extreme Core i7 Motherboard

 

As you can see, single card performance was more than acceptable if you account for the human eye only being able to register 32FP/s, so you have full fluid motion with this game even at 1920x1200 and all the eye candy turned on.

 

Far Cry 2

 

Version and / or Patch Used: V1.00

 

Timedemo or Level Used: Clearing the Safe house through to the Rescue

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.ubi.com

 

Product Homepage: http://www. http://farcry.us.ubi.com

 

 

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Far Cry 2 is a large sandbox style game. There are no levels here, so as you move about the island you are on you do not have to wait for the "loading" sign to go away. It is mission driven so each mission is what you would normally think of as the next "Level". In the game you take the role of a mercenary who has been sent to kill the Jackal. Unfortunately your malaria kicks in and you end up being found by him. Long story short, you become the errand boy for a local militia leader and run all over the island doing his bidding. Settings we used for testing are shown below.

 

ASRock X58 Extreme Core i7 Motherboard

 

ASRock X58 Extreme Core i7 Motherboard

 

Again, our testing with Far Cry 2 shows that they X58 Extreme will not hold you back in gaming.

 

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