Testing Methods

As always we've aimed to test the systems in likely, real-world scenarios that integrated graphics would be used for. We played the games and recorded the FPS using FRAPS 3.03, preferring to use mainstreamgames and a 1,280 x 800 resolution likely used by HDTVs and cheaper widescreen TFTs.

For the video playback testing, we used H.264 clips and trailers played in popular free software to measure CPU usage and power consumption in all the platforms.

AMD 880G Graphics Performance Review AMD 880G Testing Methods
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PCs Tested:

    AMD

    • AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition: 3.1GHz (15.5x200MHz), 2 core, 2 thread.
    • 4GB DDR3 1,333MHz SPD settings
    • Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H (560MHz Radeon HD 4250 IGP, F2a BIOS)
    • MSI 785GM-E65 with 128MB 1,333MHz GDDR3 Sideport Memory (500MHz Radeon HD 4200 IGP, 2.4 BIOS)

    Intel

    • Intel Core i5-661: 3.33GHz (25x133MHz), 900MHz Intel GMA HD IGP, 2 core, 4 thread, TurboBoost Enabled
    • Intel Core i3-530: 2.93GHz (22x133MHz), 733MHz Intel GMA HD IGP, 2 core, 4 thread.
    • 4GB DDR3 1,333MHz SPD settings
    • Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H motherboard (F5m BIOS)

    Nvidia

    • Intel Core 2 Duo E8500: 3.16GHz (9.5x333MHz), 2 core, 2 thread.
    • 4GB DDR2 800MHz at SPD settings
    • DFI LANParty Jr. GF9400-T2RS (GeForce 9400 IGP at 580MHz/1,400MHz, 421 BIOS)

Common Components

  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB hard disk
  • PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750W PSU
  • Windows 7 Home Premium x64
  • Intel 15.16.5.64.2021 WHQL
  • GeForce Driver 196.21 WHQL
  • ATI Catalyst 9.12 WHQL (785G)
  • ATI Catalyst 10.4 WHQL (880G)

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