NVIDIA nForce4 Chipset Preview

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CS: Source, UT2004 and Doom 3 Benchmarks

We were able to log some time with one of NVIDIA's reference boards recently. And while it wasn't necessarily stable (pre-production hardware rarely is), the nForce4 Ultra platform proved capable of completing some of the more popular gaming metrics currently available.

Doom 3
The latest from id Software

It comes as little surprise that there is little difference between the nForce4 and nForce3 platforms. After all, we're talking about the same high-end processor, the same beefy graphics card (albeit in a different interface), and memory operating at the same specifications. At 800x00, the nForce4 system takes a marginal lead, while the roles reverse at 1600x1200. Will nForce4 make a prolific impact on your gaming experience? That all depends if you've been saving up for SLI...

Counter-Strike: Source
In lieu of Half-Life 2

NVIDIA's nForce4 actually takes victories in both low- and high-resolutions this time around, but the difference is again minimal.

 

Unreal Tournament 2004
DirectX benchmarking the night away

As a final confirmation that not much changes when you switch chipsets on the AMD64 side of things, Unreal Tournament 2004 demonstrates nearly identical scores at 800x600 and 1600x1200. This again confirms that if you're in the market for a new platform, make sure it's to acquire new features, not to pick up performance.

 

 


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