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Albatron KX400+ Motherboard Review - Benchmarks - OpenGL

With all the choices out there for motherboards, it can be a tough decision as to which one to get. Well the choice just got a little harder. Come join Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he takes a look at the Albatron KX400+ Motherboard. This company hasn't been in the motherboard market for long, but they're looking to start making some boards that are aimed at the enthusiast crowd. Lets see if they have what it takes to earn our trust, our respect, our money!

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Jun 29, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 7.5%Manufacturer: Albatron

Real-World OpenGL Benchmarks

 

Quake III Arena

 

Quake III Arena is a real-world OpenGL benchmark that we have been using here at TweakTown for quite a while now because it has proven itself to be one of the best gaming benchmarks around to compare a wide range of different products. Quake III is getting very old, but is still the best way of testing video and PC systems for any instabilities and best performance.

 

 

Quake III stresses the boards and video systems to test for any weaknesses. Albatron passes this test and gets a reasonably good score in the process.

 

Star Trek Voyager

 

Star Trek Voyager is another real-world OpenGL benchmark. Based on the Quake III Arena engine, this game is an OpenGL master utilizing DirectX 8. We also apply the new Opt3D patch to allow for the use of Hardware T&L as well as new optimizations for AMD Athlon XP and Pentium 4 SSE2.

 

 

Being so closely based to Quake III Arena, Star Trek Voyager is a more up-to-date OpenGL engine that can take more advantage of SSE2 technologies and provides for a better overall score than Quake III. Albatron passes again with a good score.

 

Jedi Knight II

 

Jedi Knight II, Jedi Outcast is a newly released OpenGL game that many have been waiting for. It has greatly improved graphics over its predecessor and it fully supports advanced shaders, as well as very high texture resolutions and effects. There is one demo included in the multi-player section that is good for benchmarking use. In order to enable the benchmarking mode, you have to make a shortcut to the jk2mp.exe program located in the GameData folder of Jedi Knight 2. You have to put the switch "+set sv_cheats1" (no quotes) at the end of the line in the Target Area so that it looks like this: C:\Star Wars JK II Jedi Outcast\GameData\jk2mp.exe" +set sv_cheats 1. The demo file used is jk2ffa.

 

 

Jedi Knight II has become my obsession. This game has me hooked quite literally. Jedi Knight II does a fantastic job of testing out motherboards and video 3D systems for any instability. Albatron takes the up the rear but not very far behind the major brands.

 

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