Asus P5NSLI: NVIDIA nForce 570 Intel Edition
Low-Res Gaming: F.E.A.R. and Quake 4
To start our in-game testing, we did some low-resolution benchmarking with F.E.A.R. When testing motherboards and processors with F.E.A.R, we drop the resolution to 640x480, and lower all of the in-game graphical options to their minimum values to isolate CPU and memory performance as much as possible.
It was another tight grouping in our low-resolution F.E.A.R. benchmark. The Asus P5NSLI ended up with the second highest score in this test, followed by the P5N32-SLI SE and then the P5B. The 975X Express based D975XBX was the fastest overall, but only by a couple of frames per second.
For our next game test, we benchmarked all of the test systems using a custom single-player Quake 4 timedemo. Here, we installed the game's official v1.2 patch which is SMP capable, tuned the resolution down to 640x480, and configured the game to run at its "Low-Quality" graphics setting. Although Quake 4 typically taxes today's high-end GPUs, when it's configured at these minimal settings, it too is more CPU and memory-bound than anything else.
The Asus P5NSLI finished in second place once again in our custom Quake 4 benchmark. This time around though, the P965-based P5B Deluxe put up the best framerate of 212.6. Next came the P5NSLI about 6.2 frames per second behind, followed by D975XBX.