Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P Ultra Durable 3 Motherboard
Crysis & ET: Quake Wars Framerates
For our next set of tests, we moved on to some in-game benchmarking with the Crysis and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. When testing processors with Crysis or ET:QW, we drop the resolution to 800x600, 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 some load on the CPU rather than GPU.
Although not necessarily pegged as a gamer's board, the Gigabyte EP45-UD3P proved itself to be a great choice with the second highest frame rates in Crysis and the highest overall in ET: Quake Wars. We had previously lauded MSI for their performance in this area, as the boards are considered part of their gamer's series, but Gigabyte pulled ahead here.