The 990FX Chipset Arrives: AMD And SLI Rise Again

Benchmark Results: F1 2010 (DX11)

We knew this was coming, because we’ve seen it several times before. For some reason, AMD-based platforms have a problem with F1 2010 in that they cannot break past 63ish frames per second. No, it’s not a v-sync issue. Swap the exact same setup over to an Intel platform, and suddenly we get much better numbers.

This won’t be the first time we see 990FX hamstrung in this story; it’s one of the more worrying indicators that SLI on an AMD platform might not be as rosy of a proposition as we might have hoped.

As a result of that 60-ish FPS cap, Intel’s lead at 1680x1050 is tremendous. It’s just as significant at 1920x1080. Stepping up to 2560x1600 normalizes performance a bit, but Core i5 still leads with and without anti-aliasing enabled.

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  • Jay_83
    Disappointing. Kinda like preloading a Steam game before launch- you get stuff you that's not much good for anything until the real show hits the road.
    Here's hoping (against hope?) Bulldozer exceeds expectations. A bit of a price and performance war would do Intel some good.
  • uksnapper
    I was hoping for 6 memory slots so I guess I will have to wait for more M/Bs to come on stream
  • codefuapprentice
    I'll be interested to see what the bulldozer is capable of when its completed.
    I'm not rushing out to buy a new machine any time soon as i'm still enjoying using my PII 955BE machine (790GX based)
  • Anonymous
    Asus are releasing BIOS updates to support AM3+ chips in some of their AM3 motherboards (like my M4A89GTD PRO) - would be interested in a comparison of this with a 'proper' AM3+ motherboard (with SB950, I think), once the Zambezi chips come out.