Intel X48 Motherboard Round-up: ASUS, ECS, & Intel
Crysis & ET: Quake Wars Framerates
For our next set of tests, we moved on to some in-game benchmarking with 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 the ASUS Rampage Formula seemed to lag behind in much of the previous benchmarks, it shines where a "Republic of Gamers" board should: in the straight-forward testing of gaming frame rates. Its 119.3 frames per second in ET: Quake Wars were nearly a frame or more faster than the other two X48 boards, which came in at exactly 118.6 fps each. The performance delta was even a bit better during the Crysis CPU benchmark routine. All three boards saw an improvement over the other two RoG boards from ASUS in both game engines.