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X58 Motherboard Roundup Review

tacohunter52    -   August 31, 2009
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Far Cry 2:

"Featuring a new game engine named Dunia, this game looks to be another one to stress your video card. Built specially for Far Cry 2, this engine allows for real time effects and damage. This next generation first person shooter comes to us from Ubisoft surprisingly - not from Crytek. The game is set in a war-torn region of Africa where there is a non-existent central government and the chaos that surrounds this type of social environment. If you have seen the movie Blood Diamond, you know the setting. Ubisoft puts the main storyline of the game into focus with these statements: "Caught between two rival factions in war-torn Africa, you are sent to take out "The Jackal," a mysterious character who has rekindled the conflict between the warlords, jeopardizing thousands of lives. In order to fulfill your mission you will have to play the factions against each other, identify and exploit their weaknesses, and neutralize their superior numbers and firepower with surprise, subversion, cunning and, of course, brute force." In this version of the game, you don't have the beautiful water, but instead the beauty and harshness of the African continent to contend with. Most games give you a set area that can be played through, while Ubisoft has given the gamer the equivalent of 50km2 of the vast African continent to explore while in pursuit of your goals. The settings used are just a few steps below the maximum in-game settings and offer a good blend of performance vs. visual quality."

 

Settings:

  • Direct X 10
  • 2xAA
  • Game settings to very high
  • Vsync Off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the stock settings, the top performer seems to be the Gigabyte EX58-UD4P. Although it only outperformed the other boards by a few FPS, in the higher resolutions it tied the eVGA x58 3X SLI.

The overclocked scores, as always, are a bit more interesting. The Asus P6T appears to be the best performer, but who cares? Why do I say that? Because the MSI X58 Platinum saw the biggest increase in performance when overclocked. It wasn't enough to bring it to the top of the charts, but it was enough to keep the board only a few points under the competitors.




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