EPoX EP-5LDA+GLI 945P Motherboard
UT2004 & Doom 3 Low-Quality Testing
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.
We saw more of the same trend with the UT2004 low-res test, with the EPoX EP-5LDA+GLI coming in a mere 1.5FPS over the Abit AL8 comparison system.
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...
We continued to see the EP-5LDA+GLI maintain a slight lead over the Abit AL8, albeit by less than 1 FPS.