Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 & Gigabyte 8I945P-G
Gaming Tests with Unreal Tournament 2004 and Doom 3
Next, we assessed the gaming side of things, performing some low-resolution benchmarking with Unreal Tournament 2004. We used a "Low-Quality" game setting which allows us to isolate CPU and memory performance with little burden on the graphics subsystem.
As you can see, the Athlon 3200+ can easily take on the faster Pentium 820 D with regards gaming. The 945's all trailed the Athlon 3200+ test bed by 20 FPS. Regardless, all systems easily exceeded triple-digit frame rates, which is well above acceptable limits in all cases.
With Doom3, we also loaded a low quality video setting and ran our timedemo used for multiplayer testing in video card reviews.
Once again, the Athlon 3200+ was the top performer, but the 945 systems were also well up to the task. Like UT2004, the Pentium D 820 still trailed the Clawhammer by roughly 20 FPS. This demonstrates that gaming is still a major strength of the Athlon line, even with a processor that has been around for several years.