Gigabyte G1.Sniper3 Z77 Motherboard Review

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Low-Res: Gaming Tests

For our next series of tests, we moved on to some more in-game benchmarking with Crysis and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. When testing processors with Crysis or ET:QW, we drop the resolution to 1024x768, and reduce all of the in-game graphical options to their minimum values to isolate CPU and memory performance as much as possible. However, the in-game effects, which control the level of detail for the games' physics engines and particle systems, are left at their maximum values, since these actually do place a load on the CPU rather than GPU.

Low-Resolution Gaming: Crysis and ET: Quake Wars
Taking the GPU out of the Equation

We’ll call it a fluke perhaps, but the G1.Sniper3 didn’t do well in Crysis, posting a score 6.5 FPS behind the top scorer and failing to crack the 160FPS ceiling altogether. With Ivy Bridge, the motherboard’s score dropped another 5 FPS to 153.62.

The story is a little different in ET:QW, where the G1.Sniper3 with the Core i7-2600K was edged out only by another Gigabyte board. The Core i5-3470 didn’t fare especially well, but it did score within just 5 FPS of the ASRock board.

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