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AMD Fusion - Brazos Motherboards Tested!

By Vincent Chang - 26 Jan 2011

Gaming Benchmarks

Gaming Benchmarks

With its slower memory frequency of 1066MHz, the ASRock was slightly behind the other two boards in our gaming benchmarks. However, it's in these benchmarks that the Brazos platform showed its edge. In Quake 4 for example, the trio was significantly better than the Intel H55 or AMD 785G systems, which is quite commendable seeing the more powerful CPUs on the latter systems couldn't make up for the difference. Of course, it's still not that playable at around 25 fps, but it's close. They didn't fare that well in Far Cry 2, but the same could be said of Intel's latest, the HD Graphics 3000 on the Core i7-2600K.

Unreal Tournament 3, another admittedly old game, made a more persuasive case, as the Gigabyte and MSI boards hit an average of 30 frames (though the H55 was still a bit faster here with around 33 frames). In short, we aren't any closer to playing any of the latest games on these Brazos systems, but this may not matter to its intended audience anyway.