Intel Core i7 Processors: Nehalem and X58 Have Arrived

Low-Res Gaming: UT3 and ETQW

Next, we continued with some more low-res, in-game benchmarking with Unreal Tournament 3 and Enemy Territory Quake Wars. As was the case with the Crysis and F.E.A.R. on the previous page, here we also dropped the resolution to 800x600, and reduced all of the in-game graphical options to their minimum values to isolate CPU and memory performance as much as possible.

Low-Resolution Gaming: UT3 and ETQW
Taking the GPU out of the Equation

Chalk up two more clear victories for the new Core i7 processors.  In both Unreal Tournament 3 and Quake Wars Enemy Territory, even the lowest clocked Core i7 920 processor was able to outperform the highest clocked Core 2 Extreme.  Disabling Hyper-Threading resulted in a marginal performance increase in both games. And once again the ASUS motherboard we tested put up relatively strong numbers in light of its competition.  The Gigabyte board also performed well, besting Intel's offering in both tests, but ASUS seems to have done a bit more tweaking at this early stage of the X58 Express chipset's lifecycle.

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