ASUS M3N78 Pro Motherboard Review :: Integrated Graphics Performance

10-06-2008 · Category: Motherboards

By Ben Sun

Testing integrated graphics is a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand the integrated graphics supports DirectX 10.0. On the more practical side of things the GeForce 8300 is virtually unplayable on Crysis at all but the lowest settings in DX10.0 mode. As a value addition to a fully featured ATX motherboard, the 8300 performs well. I compared it against the 8200 and AMD 790GX boards to give a sense of performance across popular DirectX 9.0 games and threw in a Crysis benchmark for good measure. You’ll notice an almost 10% across the board improvement over the 8200.


ASUS M3N78 Pro Motherboard Review 3DMark Vantage

3DMark Vantage

ASUS M3N78 Pro Motherboard Review Monitor properties

Monitor properties

ASUS M3N78 Pro Motherboard Review GPUZ 8300

GPUZ 8300



Test System

  • AMD Phenom X4 9850 running at 2.5GHz
  • 3GB Crucial Tracer DDR2-1066 running at 1066MHz
  • 2 74GB WD Raptor SATA HDDs in RAID 0 mode
  • Integrated GeForce 8300 graphics running 178.13 Forceware drivers
  • ASUS 16x DVD-ROM
  • Rosewill 950W PSU

Tests

  • 3DMark05/06 default runs
  • Crysis 1024x768 no AA no AF, High settings Custom FRAPS walkthrough
  • Unreal Tournament 3 1024x768 no AA no AF Custom FRAPS walkthrough
  • COD4 1024x768 no AA no AF Custom FRAPS walkthrough
  • Quake Wars 1024x768 no AA no AF Custom FRAPS walkthrough