Gigabyte H55N USB3
Dedicated Graphics Performance
3DMark Vantage is Futuremarks flagship gaming oriented benchmark at present and is considered to be a demanding one at that. Our tests were carried out under the "Performance" prefix.
Both the Zotac and Gigabyte systems perform very similarly though naturally, the Core i3 @ 3.60GHz takes a considerable performance lead over the 3.30GHz overclock on the Zotac.
Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead is a very popular hit and should be an interesting choice to take our testbed for a spin. Let's see how well it performs.
We were most interested to see that the L4D chart was quite level regardless of clockspeed.
Microsoft Flight Simulator X
Flight Simulator X remains to be a terribly demanding game for it's age. Known for being very demanding on the CPU but also requiring a level of GPU power in the process, we thought it'd be interesting to see how it faired.
For those who are interested in this particular benchmark, it comes to no surprise that the Gigabyte @ 3.60GHz offers a noticeable lead in this CPU limited game.
Crysis Warhead is without a doubt one hard nut to crack, especially at higher resolutions and a dash of Anti Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering.
Given Warhead's heavy GPU dependency, both boards perform almost identically and regardless of CPU Frequency.
DiRT2 is a very recent race driving game, known for it's Direct X 11 support.
Once again, the Radeon HD 5670 doesn't quite cut it at this resolution and so the test equipment remains very similar in performance. In general it is fair to say that both the Zotac and Gigabyte perform very similarly and I suppose one shouldn't be surprised by this. Let's wrap this up...