We picked CoD:MW2 specifically for its low system overhead, as a still-popular title that can extract hundreds of FPS from true gaming systems. Let’s see what its lowest settings can do for our Zacate platforms.
The title appears CPU-bound at its lowest settings, though the boards that support DDR3-1333 operation still come out on top. The biggest problem when we actually play through this game is “stuck” frames, where a frame that last nearly 500 milliseconds can cause your character to get killed, even if 20 frames in the next 500 ms makes it appear that you achieved a playable 21 FPS.
Adding AA to this title doesn’t appear to slow the system down by much, again pointing towards a CPU that’s likely weaker than the GPU to which it's connected. Anyone hoping to make a low-end gaming system by simply adding a better card might start looking elsewhere.
- Rounding Up Brazos-Based Boards
- ASRock E350M1/USB3
- Asus E35M1-I Deluxe
- ECS HDC-I
- Foxconn AHD1S-K
- Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3
- Jetway ND85-E350-LF
- Sapphire Pure Fusion Mini E350
- Zotac FUSION-ITX WiFi A-series
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: Aliens Vs. Predator
- Benchmark Results: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Photos And File Compression
- Power, Heat, And Noise
- Overall Performance And Efficiency
- Value Conclusion