3DMark 2001 and 3DMark03
For our next series of tests, we chose Futuremark's 3DMark2001SE
and the newer 3DMark03. While there is still some
controversy surrounding NVIDIA's driver optimizations, they
are a good test for motherboard reviews since the same video
card is used with each system.
As we suspected, the results did
balance out between the three systems, with the ASUS
board maintaining a slight lead over the other two boards.
With 3DMark03 the picture was
the same, with the ASUS board posting the best result with the MSI
and Shuttle boards running neck-in-neck. Ultimately,
the results are very close and no one would be able to
notice the difference in everyday use. It seems that
NVIDIA and VIA are truly competing on the same level with
More Gaming: Comanche 4 and Quake 3
Some "In-Game" Numbers...
There is nothing
like using real games to assess a system's performance. Two games that are ideal in this type
of situation are Quake 3 and Comanche4. First we
loaded up the default Comanche 4 benchmark with No Audio
selected, then we ran the Quake 3 Demo Four with the
fastest settings enabled.
With Comanche 4, the three
systems were running a very close race with the ASUS
board taking a 1 point lead over the other systems. With
Quake 3, the scales tipped in favor of the ASUS and
Shuttle boards with the MSI dropping around 30FPS compared
to the other two. Again, like we said
earlier, this is hardly a major strike since these speed
differences would not be noticeable in everyday use.
The bottom line is these systems all offered top end