Here we have our real gaming tests. Each of the games we chose uses 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.
As most IGPs are not meant for high-end gaming we have swapped out one of our First Person Shooters for a more mainstream game. We have also adjusted down the testing resolution from 1920x1200 to 1280x960. In order to keep full measure of the board we return to 1920x1200 when we test the board with our HD 5870.
The SIMS 3 is the third complete edition of this popular game. In it you create a personality for use in a virtual world. The town we chose was Sunset Valley, we created a basic character and off we went. We performed as many actions as we were able to in order to give the board and GPU as much to think about as we could. The settings we used are shown below.
You are really not going to want to game with the IGP on the 890GM Pro3. It is not up to SIMS 3 even with the reduced settings we use for IGP testing. True, if you were to turn everything down you would probably be able to get decent frame rates, but at that point it would not be worth the effort.
Far Cry 2
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. The settings we used for testing are shown below.
Again we see gaming performance (from the IGP) that is so low as to be ridiculous. When you do drop in a discrete GPU all that changes, but that is more money to spend to get there.
The ASRock 890GM Pro3 when using the IGP is not a gaming product. You could, if you really wanted, play a few very simple games, but nothing complex at all.
First person gaming is probably right out the window. Still, you can drop in an add-in board and get decent gaming performance if that is what you are looking for.
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