AMD 890GX SB850 Chipset Debut: Phenom II X6 Ready
Low-Res Gaming: Crysis and ETQW
For our next set of tests, we moved on to some in-game benchmarking with Crysis and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. When testing processors with Crysis or ET:QW, we drop the resolution to 800x600, and reduce all of the in-game graphical options to their minimum values to isolate CPU and memory performance as much as possible. However, the in-game effects, which control the level of detail for the games' physics engines and particle systems, are left at their maximum values, since these actually do place some load on the CPU rather than GPU.
Although these low-resolution gaming benchamrks are meant to show max framerates when limited by CPU performance, the IGPs listed here are still the bottleneck. What the numbers show, however, is that the Radeon HD 4290 integrated into the 890GX chipset is demonstrably faster than the 785G and Intel HD Graphics of the Core i5-661.