Motherboard: ASUS ROG Crosshair IV Formula
CPU: AMD Phenom II 970 Black edition
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 850 Watt
SDD: Kingston Hyper X 128 GB
Ram: 4 GB Patriot Viper II
Case: Cooler Master Silencio 450
This test rig is clearly overkill for the capabilities of this card, but this will truly determine the upper bound of its capabilities.
Cpu-Z Didn’t recognize the graphics chip, which isn’t completely surprising, as the card is pretty recent to the market.
To get a baseline, I ran 3D mark 06. This benchmark tests the GPU in conjunction with the CPU and HDD, and is a synthetic benchmark:
This is a very respectable score for such a tiny little card.
One major concern for a passive video card is temperature. To determine how this card would perform, I ran Furmark, a GPU Stress test. Let’s take a look.
While the card isn’t going to break any records it held its own against the other budget cards–and they weren’t silent!
SiSoft is a nice piece of software that always gives a visual comparison between yours and similar hardware:
This card is doing amazingly well for a $70 investment. While you won’t be editing Avatar, the performance jump between this and on-board graphics is worthwhile for any productivity system.
PC Mark Vantage, is especially effective for our current purposes, as this suite will test the card’s usability for common Windows tasks.
Pay special attention to the HD playback scores; again this is a sub-$100 Eyefinity card.