ECS KN1 SLI Extreme: SLI on a Budget
Unreal Tournament 2004 & Doom 3
Next we delved into the gaming side of things a bit and performed some low-resolution benchmarking with Epic's Unreal Tournament 2004. We specifically used a "Low-Quality" game setting with UT2004 which allows us to isolate CPU and memory performance with little burden on the graphics subsystem.
Here the two test scenarios continued to keep things close with less than 3 FPS difference between the ECS KN1 SLI Extreme and the MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum SLI.
For our next game test, we benchmarked all of the test systems using a custom multi-player Doom 3 timedemo. We cranked the resolution down to 640 x 480 and configured the game to run at its "Low-Quality" graphics setting. Although Doom 3 typically taxes today's high-end GPUs, when it's configured at these minimal settings it's more CPU / Memory-bound than anything else...
With Doom3 testing, the ECS KN1 SLI Extreme pulled ahead of the MSI K8N Neo4 slightly more, taking a 7FPS lead over the "Platinum" series motherboard.