Overall System performance and Gaming
Here is where we dig out the FutureMark tests.
For overall system performance we use PCMark Vantage. This is run in both x86 and x64 mode to give the best indication of performance.
In terms of overall (general usage) the DFI LANParty JR does pretty good for only having a dual core CPU here. It would make a pretty decent HTPC or SFF workstation with this type of performance.
For synthetic gaming tests we used the industry standard and overlockers bragging tool 3DMark Vantage. This is a test that strives to mimic the impact modern games have on a system. FutureMark went a long way to change from the early days of graphics driven tests to a broader approach including physics, AI, and more advanced graphics simulations.
3DMark Vantage uses the DX10 API in addition to having support for PhysX. Due to the PhysX support and our use of an NVIDIA GPU we run with PhysX enabled and disabled to give you the best indication of real system performance. For testing we use the Performance test run.
Although NVIDIA claims the GF9400M is good for gaming (good, not great), it does not do well under our synthetic testing. In 3DMark Vantage under Performance mode we see it struggle. It is better than an Intel IGP and even some of the AMD ones that I have tested, but it is not enough for any serious gaming.
CINEBENCH R10 x64
CINEBENCH is a synthetic rendering tool developed by Maxon. Maxon is the same company that developed Cinema4D another industry leading 3D Animation application. Cinebench R10 tests your systems ability to render across a single and multiple CPU cores. It also tests your systems ability to process OpenGL information.
Rendering on a dual core CPU is not going to give you the best performance, no matter what application you are using. Still, we see the LP GF9400 give a decent showing here. You should be able to use this board for rendering 2D images or simple 3D modelling.