5. Tests - 3D mark 03
2. A Closer Look
4. Tests - 3D Mark 05
5. Tests - 3D mark 03
6. Tests - Codecreatures Benchmark
7. Tests - Aquamark Triscore, 3D Mark 01
8. Tests - Video Stress HL2
9. Tests - Quake 4
10. Tests - F.E.A.R.
11. Tests - NFS Most Wanted
12. Tests - PassMark
13. Tests - PCMark04/05
14. Tests - Overclocking
15. BIOS Settings - Page 1
16. BIOS Settings - Page 2
17. Bundled Software - Upgrading the BIOS
18. Bundled Software - Overclocking
19. Final Thoughts
3D Mark is a widely used and accepted benchmark that stresses the DirectX performance of a VGA card. A very strong point of 3DMark is that it's VGA card measuring is does not require any CPU power. So the resulting fps are a good reference a VGA card's rendering performance. For testing the performance of each card we used the 4 game benchmarks 3DMark has.
3Dmark03 also includes sound and CPU tests as well as some other feature tests.
- Game Test 1 - Wings of Fury (DX7)
This test is a combat flight simulator written for older hardware (DirectX 7). Particles are used a lot in this test - smoke and vapor trails, flak and gunfire, and explosions are produced using point sprites and quads.
- Game Test 2 - Battle of Proxycon (DX8)
This test is a simulation of first person shooter game types. 1.1 and 1.4 Vertex shaders are widely used since all character models are skinned using vertex shaders.This makes this test a good vertex shader comparison for VGA cards.
- Game Test 3 - Trolls' Lair (DX8)
This test should be the favorite of all RPG lovers. It is a cut scene of a female warrior facing two malicious trolls. Again the same vertex and pixel processing is used as in game test 2.
This test also uses post-processing effects, such as Depth of Field and Bloom effects which are widely used in today's game cut scene sequences.
- Game Test 4 - Mother Nature (DX9)
Mother nature represents the level of effects and realism that are possible using 2.0 vertex and pixel shaders, plus some other features that DirectX 9 offers.
There's no huge difference in the game framerates, except perhaps in the first game where the WinFast produced 15fps more than the MSI motherboard. However, this was not enough to give it an overall higher 3DMark03 score, where the score for both boards is very close.