ASUS Sabertooth X99 TUF Review: USB 3.1 Tested

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Low-Res Game Tests: Crysis and ETQW

For our next set of tests, we moved on to some in-game benchmarking with Crysis (DirectX) and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (OpenGL). When testing processors with Crysis or ET:QW, we drop the resolution to 1024x768, and reduce all of the in-game graphical options to their minimum values to isolate CPU and memory performance as much as possible. However, the 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 place some load on the CPU rather than GPU.

Low-Resolution Gaming: Crysis and ET: Quake Wars
Taking the GPU out of the Equation


There's not too much to see in the Crysis bench. The Sabertooth X99 TUF comes in virtually neck-in-neck with the Extreme 11 at stock clocks and within a couple points of each competitor in the 4.5GHZ OC test. It's a similar tale for ETQW. Yet here the TUF stock numbers are closer to the older ASUS X99-Deluxe board. At any rate, the Sabertooth X99 TUF makes a rock solid for platform serious gamers.

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