Asus Z97 Pro (Wi-Fi ac) Socket 1150 Motherboard Review

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Low-Res Gaming: 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

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Our gaming tests were a toss-up, as the ASUS Z97 Pro (Wi-Fi ac) scored slightly above the rest of the boards in the Crysis test using DirectX, but slightly below the rest of the pack when using OpenGL. Of course, when we ran both tests with our CPU overclocked it pulled out in front of all previous Z97 boards, just like it did in the rest of our tests.

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