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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 and supported by GeForce 6100-405, but it isn’t supported by Radeon Xpress 1100.

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 GeForce6100SM-M using a real video card installed and also to compare it to ECS RS485M-M.

You can check the results of our benchmarking below. All the listed video cards were installed on ECS GeForce6100SM-M.

ECS GeForce6100SM-M

This time the on-board video provided by GeForce 6100-405 was faster than the one provided by Radeon Xpress 1100, as expected, since GeForce 6100-405 supports Shader 3.0 and Radeon Xpress 1100, doesn’t. The performance difference was of 8.52%.

But it was again beaten by the two low-end PCI Express video cards we installed: GeForce 6200 TC (64 MB, 64-bit) was 60.30% faster and GeForce 6200 (128 MB, 128-bit) was 217.93% faster than the on-board video of the reviewed motherboard.

When we installed a GeForce 7800 GTX on the reviewed card, it achieved the same performance level of an ASUS M2N32-SLI De Luxe with the same video card installed.

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Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.