F.E.A.R. - Low Quality and High Quality
So, now we know there really isn't, for the most part, any discernible difference between the CPU and memory performance of the MSI P6N SLI Platinum and Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI. Let's take a look at a couple gaming benchmarks to see if there's more of a gap between the two boards when it comes to 3D performance. We ran the benchmarks at low resolution / low quality and then high resolution / high quality.
To start our in-game testing, we ran some low resolution and low quality benchmarking with F.E.A.R., a game that can be quite demanding even on the fastest system. Like the other in-game tests in this review, we used low quality graphic settings and a low screen resolution to isolate CPU and memory performance. In other words, all eye candy was set to the lowest level possible or disabled, and resolution was set to 640x480.
If you've read every page up to this point, then you know that this result is exactly what we expected to see. The results are really close with no decisive victor.
Let's crank the resolution up to 1600x1200, boost the effects to maximum, and run the test again to see how these boards perform in a gaming situation that you'd actually want to try.
Just as with the CPU and memory performance, the two boards finish neck and neck in the first gaming performance benchmark.