ASRock Vision 3D 137B HTPC with NVIDIA 3DTV Play

Performance: Gaming

For our next set of tests, we moved on to some in-game benchmarking with Left 4 Dead 2 and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. When testing low-power platforms with L4D2 or ET:QW, we dialed the image quality settings down to medium quality settings and tested at various resolutions. Since these are more entry-level game tests on highly mobile platforms or platforms equipped with mobile parts, we left anti-aliasing turned off and image quality settings set from moderate to high levels where possible.

3D Gaming: ET: Quake Wars and Left 4 Dead 2
Testing Zacate's GPU

When tested using the same settings used on the other low-power platforms, the ASRock Vision 3D HTPC offered significantly higher framerates in both games, regardless of the resolution used.

Although the NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M isn't a terribly high-end GPU, it does offer enough performance for some moderate gaming. In the absence of comparable reference data, we didn't put these numbers in the graphs, but we also tested the Vision 3D HTPC at 1080P resolutions in both games. In ET:QW (using the same settings as above) the machine put up 51.2 FPS and in L4D2 in managed 40.51 FPS. So, with the right settings, true HD 1080P gaming is possible with this HTPC.

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