Gaming: F.E.A.R. and Crysis
For our next set of tests, we moved on to some in-game benchmarking with Crysis and F.E.A.R. When testing motherboards or processors with Crysis or F.E.A.R., 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.
Intel's G45 chipset, which is equipped with the GMA X4500HD IGP simply couldn't hold a candle to NVIDIA's offerings in our low-resolution game tests. Both the Asus and Zotac GeForce 9300-based motherboards were significantly faster than Intel's offering here.