Foxconn's WinFast 755FXK8AA-8EKRS
Wolfenstein: ET & Unreal Tournament 2004
To start our in-game testing, we ran through a batch of 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 III engine, which makes it a very easy-to-use benchmarking tool. We ran the test using the "Fastest" setting at a low resolution of 640 X 480, using 16-bit color and textures. Running this test with a high-end graphics card, at these minimal settings, isolates processor and memory performance without being limited by the graphics subsystem.
The WinFast 755FXK8AA-8EKRS lagged behind the competition by a few frames per second in our custom Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory benchmark. At 139.6 FPS, the 755FXK8AA-8EKRS finished about 4 frames per second behind the MSI K8T Neo2-FIR. The nForce 3 Ultra powered K8NSNXP-939 and K8N Neo2 Platinum, held the lead here.
Next, we did some 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.
Unreal Tournament 2004 told a completely different story than Wolf: ET. In this test, the 755FXK8AA-8EKRS actually finished in first place, followed by the MSI K8T Neo2-FIR. And in this game, the nForce 3s brought up the rear. The performance delta separating the "fastest" and "slowest" boards was again quite small, however. With only 4.47 FPS (3.1%) separating the 755FXK8AA-8EKRS from the K8NSNXP-939 it's tough to declare any of the motherboards tested here a clear winner.