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 game's 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|
Another very strong showing here for ASUS. The Z170 ROG Maximus VIII Extreme comes in second only to an a formidable X99 board in the Crysis test low-res test. It performs similarly in the ETQW test, with results virtually tied with UD5 Ultra Durable. Obviously there isn't a lot of variability in CPU performance between motherboards based on the same chipset, but you get the idea that ASUS has dialed in things well here.