Gigabyte GA-73PVM-SH2 mATX Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-73PVM-SH2 Gaming Testing

Article Index
Gigabyte GA-73PVM-SH2 mATX Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-73PVM-SH2 Motherboard Specifications
Gigabyte GA-73PVM-SH2 Motherboard Testing
Gigabyte GA-73PVM-SH2 Gaming Testing
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Gaming Testing:

Now this board isn't necessarily marketed as the ultimate gaming board or anything, but I thought it would be interesting to see how the onboard Geforce 7100 would handle a game like Call of Duty 4. For all the Gaming testing I was using the Nvidia 169.25 drivers, which at the time of publishing were the newest official Nvidia drivers supported.

 

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Well, as you can see, the onboard Geforce 7100 didn't do so well. Even at 640x480 with absolutely everything turned off, it wasn't even able to break 20 fps and was extremely choppy and pretty much unplayable. The onboard graphics are pretty weak, so don't expect to be doing much gaming with it. The onboard graphics did their job when playing movies and older games, but chances are good if you want to do any gaming with any recent titles, you're going to want to go out and buy a video card.

 

Just for fun I decided to run 3DMark06 on the onboard graphics to see how it fared....

 

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Well, as you can see the onboard graphics didn't do so well, and I'm actually quite surprised it was able to even complete the benchmark, but it did and scored a big 441 points. I decided to throw in a Geforce 8800GT 512MB video card, and was able to hit 9928, which is a 22.5x increase in performance. Once again I'll remind anyone who wants to play pretty much any game made in the last 2 years, your still going to want to get a video card, because the onboard Geforce 7100 just won't cut it. If all you want to do is use it for a HTPC and watch movies and other HTPC-related activities, the onboard video will be just fine.