DFI LANPARTY LGA775 Showcase: The 925X-T2 & 875P-T
Wolf: ET & UT 2004
To start our in-game testing, we ran through a batch of time demos with the OpenGL game Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. Wolfenstein: ET is a free, standalone multiplayer game that is based on the original Return to Castle Wolfenstein that was released a few years back. It uses a heavily modified version of the Quake III engine, which makes it a very easy-to-use benchmarking tool. We ran the test using the "Fastest" setting at a low resolution of 640 X 480, using 16-bit color and textures. Running this test with a high-end graphics card, at these minimal settings, isolates processor and memory performance without being limited by the graphics subsystem.
The DFI LANPARTY 925X-T2 and Intel D925XECV2 were the highest performing boards in our custom Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory benchmark, but not by much. The 925X-T2 posted a framerate about 5 frames per second higher than the 875P-T, our roughly 3.7% higher.
Lastly, we did some benchmarking with Epic's Unreal Tournament 2004. When we tested these systems with UT 2004, we ensured that all of them were being benchmarked with the exact same in-game settings and graphical options and we dropped the resolution and detail levels to isolate CPU and memory performance.
The results of our custom Unreal Tournament 2004 benchmark were the exact opposite of Wolfenstein's. Here, the i875 powered boards outpaced the 925s by a small margin. This time the DFI LANPARTY 875P-T was the top performer, posting a framerate about 2 FPS, or 1.6%, higher than the LANPARTY 925X-T2.