3D Performance: 3DMark05
We again followed the same methodology described previously, but now running 3DMark05. This program measures 3D performance by simulating DirectX 9.0c games, i.e., using Shader 3.0. This programming model is used by the latest games but it isn’t supported by Intel G33 nor by SiS 672FX.
It isn’t fair to use this program to evaluate 3D performance of motherboards with on-board video, as they achieve a very low score on this program. We ran it anyway, basically to see the performance achieved by ECS G33T-M2 using a real video card installed and also to compare it to other motherboards with on-board video.
You can check the results of our benchmarking below. All the listed video cards were installed on ECS G33T-M2.
Here the on-board video produced by ECS G33T-M2 was 33% faster than the one produced by SiS 672FX. This time the “worst” video card available on the market, GeForce 6200 TurboCache with 64-bit memory interface and 64 MB, was 56.32% faster than the on-board video produced by Intel G33.
When we installed our overclocked GeForce 8800 GTS on the reviewed board it achieved the same performance level of MSI P35 Platinum, what is great, as it means that you will achieve the same performance level of a P35-based motherboard by installing a “real” video card on this motherboard.