Quake 4 and F.E.A.R.
For our last set of game tests, we moved on to some in-game benchmarking with Quake 4 and F.E.A.R. When testing processors and motherboards with Q4 or F.E.A.R, we drop the resolution 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.
Our Quake 4 and F.E.A.R. benchmarks had all three of the motherboads we tested performing within a few percentage points of one another. The Gigabyte board took top honors in the Quake 4 test, however, the Intel 975X-based motherboard took the lead in F.E.A.R.