EPoX 8K9A2+ Gamers Review - DirectX Gaming Benchmarks

Article Index
EPoX 8K9A2+ Gamers Review
Board Info and Features
BIOS Features and Overclocking
SiSoft Sandra and PCMark Tests
OpenGL Gaming Benchmarks
FutureMark's 3DMark Benchmarks
DirectX Gaming Benchmarks
UT2003 Benchmarks
Final Thoughts and Conlusion

DirectX Benchmarks:
* * * All overclocked results on all benchmarks are at 190x11 on the CPU. The GPU remains at stock speeds at all times.
The first of these benchmarks is the DX8 Benchmark from Code Creatures. It is a really intense "Nature" type benchmark. This is how it stacks up. Not a whole lot of performance boost from overclocking the CPU as it is really GPU intensive. Less than 4FPS average.
The Comanche 4 Demo/Benchmark is another benchmark that shows itself to be CPU intensive. The scores at 1024x768 and 1280x1024 are almost identical. Overclocking in this benchmark give us an extra 32% perfomance boost. Not bad at all!
Unreal Tournament 2003 is one of the latest games that really work a computer. It is based on DX7 and DX8, and can be a real workout. It comes with a benchmarking utility that is less than adequate. I've opted to use Nicao's UTBench2K3 for this review as it possibly the easiest, and most accurate UT2003 Benchmarking program available. It offers many features that other programs don't have, such as "average results by second". That gives accurate results like in 3DMark 2001. Normally UT2003 displays your results, such as highs and lows, based on getting results 30 times a second. This utility can average (it can be turned off) those 30 times/sec into one result. Much more accurate and realistic. Here's a shot of the built in graphing feature. Well get into UT2003 more on the next page.