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ASRock H55M Pro (H55 Express) Motherboard - Real-World Tests Part II

Intel's 32nm Clarkdale is now out and we take a look at one of the new boards that support this CPU, the ASRock H55M Pro.

| Socket LGA 1156 in Motherboards | Posted: Jan 4, 2010 12:11 pm
TweakTown Rating: 84%      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 frame 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
Buy It Here

 

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.

 

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As we saw with our 3DMark testing, the GMA HD is not a high-performance GPU. It has a great deal of trouble handling heavy rendering. Even with anti-aliasing and other eye candy disabled it cannot handle high resolutions and still struggles at 1024x768.

 


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
Buy It Here

 

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 to 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.

 

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As with Cryostasis, Far Cry 2 puts a hurting on the GMA HD inside the Core i5 661 and the H55 chipset on the ASRock H55M Pro is not able to make up for this lack of power.

 

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