DFI LanParty UT CFX3200-DR
Quake 4 and Half-Life 2
Quake 4 uses id Software's OpenGL-based Doom 3 engine and requires a hefty amount of graphics horsepower. For our gaming tests, however, we dropped the resolution down to 640x480 in order to minimize the strain on our graphics card, and we also lowered the detail settings for the same reason. We recorded two of our own demos for these tests.
With our first custom demo, the DFI LANPARTY UT CFX3200-DR comes out slightly ahead of the Asus board at 94.1FPS, versus 93.1FPS. If you were to raise image quality settings in this game however, the performance difference between the two boards would likely disappear because the game would be GPU limited.
Valve's Half-Life 2 was released back in 2004, and has since become one of the more popular games to benchmark a system with. With a variety of games using the Direct 3D based Source Engine, it's important for hardware to perform well here.
The ASUS A8N manages to take the lead in both testing scenarios here, besting the DFI board in both the Water Hazard and Prison demos. As we mentioned with the Quake 4 performance tests, image quality settings were lowered to focus on the boards' CPU and memory performance. And as we've already mentioned, the performance difference between the two boards would likely shrink once the image quality settings were turned up.