MSI mPC 51PV Small Form Factor PC
F.E.A.R. and Quake 4
To start our in-game testing, we did some low-resolution benchmarking with F.E.A.R. When testing motherboards and processors with F.E.A.R, we drop the resolution to 640x480, and lower all of the in-game graphical options to their minimum values to isolate CPU and memory performance as much as possible.
We had another close race in the low-resolution F.E.A.R. benchmark. Here, the MSI mPC 51PV put up a framerate of 172 frame per second, only 7 FPS off the mark set by the M2N32-SLI.
For our next game test, we benchmarked all of the test systems using a custom single-player Quake 4 timedemo. Here, we installed the game's official v1.2 patch which is SMP capable, tuned the resolution down to 640x480, and configured the game to run at its "Low-Quality" graphics setting. Although Quake 4 typically taxes today's high-end GPUs, when it's configured at these minimal settings, it too is more CPU and memory-bound than anything else.
The low-resolution Quake 4 benchmark told a similar story, with the small form factor MSI mPC 51PV finishing within a few frames per second of the full-sized Asus M2N32-SLI.