Low Resolution Gaming Test - Crysis
For our next test, we moved on to some in-game benchmarking with Crysis. When testing processors and motherboards in this next scenario, we drop the resolution to 800x600 and reduce all of the in-game graphical options to their minimum values to isolate CPU and memory performance as much as possible. However, any in-game effects, which control the level of detail for the games' physics engines and particle systems, are left at their maximum values, since these actually do place some load on the CPU rather than GPU.
Suprisingly, this time there is a much more prominent spread between the three motherboards we tested in this benchmark. This test basically is isolating CPU throughput as well as overall system and memory bandwidth available. Here the Asus P6T6 WS Revolution, at stock speed settings for the Core i7 920 processor we tested with, is over 13% faster than the Intel board and about 5% faster than the MSI Exclipse. We can attribute much of this to Asus' aggressive tuning of the P6T6 WS Revolution, though despite that tuning, at this point in our testing, we had yet to see even a blip in stability with the board.
Actually, as it turned out, the board was rock solid through even the more rigorous testing we put it through next.