Epox 5LWA+ i925XE Motherboard
Gaming Benchmarks - Part 1
To get a little different flavor of how the Epox 5LWA+ performed, we ran through some 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 3 engine which makes it a very easy to use benchmarking tool. We ran the test using the built-in "Fastest" setting, which runs at a low resolution of 640X480, using 16-bit color and textures. Running this test with a higher-end graphics card, at these minimal settings, isolates processor and memory performance, without being limited by the graphics subsystem.
Similar in many ways to the 3DMark05 results, the Epox 5LWA+ took a substantial lead over both the SB95P and D915PBL boards. It's hard to imagine that there should be such a difference between the top two boards, since CPU and RAM performance were basically equal in the synthetic tests, but the graphs don't lie.
We also tried 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.
Again, we've got the Epox 5LWA+ outpacing the other two boards, this time beating both of them by just over seven frames per second, or about a 6% increase in frame rates. In this test, the SB95P and D915PBL were running closer together than we would have expected; we would have thought that the SB95P would be producing on levels nearer to the 5LWA+ since both systems were using the same chipset, CPU, and RAM.