Benchmark: Updating the GA-F2A88XM-D3H BIOS to Version f6b

Well, here are the results from the previous benchmarks with BIOS f5:

Unigine Heaven v4.0 @ 1920×1080:  6.13 fps

Unigine Heaven v4.0 @ 1600×900:  8.27 fps

Unigine Tropics v1.3 @ 1920×1080:  24.29 fps

Unigine Tropics v1.3 @ 1600×900:  29.47 fps

And these are the results from the benchmarks with BIOS f6b:

Unigine Heaven v4.0 @ 1920×1080:  6.02 fps ( -0.11 or -1.8%)

Unigine Heaven v4.0 @ 1600×900:  8.14 fps ( -0.13 or -1.6% )

Unigine Tropics v1.3 @ 1920×1080:  24.01 fps ( -0.28 or -1.2% )

Unigine Tropics v1.3 @ 1600×900:  28.73 fps ( -0.74 or -2.6% )


So that’s kind of depressing.  In all fairness, I have installed virtualization software since then, so I’m not sure if the additional hypervisor components in the kernel are slowing things up a tad; it would not surprise me if they were. Additionally, I’m currently running kernel version 3.13.7-200.fc20.x86_64 rather than 3.13.6-200.fc20.x86_64.  So there are a few factors that could be involved here.

Regardless, it’s a largely negligible change from a small sampling of tests, so I’m not too worried.  The BIOS update can safely be said not to have worked any magic, but I wouldn’t consider this to be indicative of any meaningful performance regression.

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