Sapphire PURE Innovation PI-A9RX480
UT 2004 & Doom 3
To start our in-game testing, we did some low-resolution benchmarking with Unreal Tournament 2004. When testing with UT 2004, we use a specific set of game engine initialization settings that ensure all of the systems are being benchmarked with the exact same in-game settings and graphical options. Like the other in-game tests in this review, we used a "Low-Quality" graphical settings and low screen resolution which isolates CPU and memory performance.
In yet another test, the Intel powered system lagged behind the two AMD powered systems, and the Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI and Sapphire PI-A9RX480 performed at very similar levels. Technically, the nForce 4 powered Gigabyte motherboard finished the test with highest framerate, but its 2.21 FPS margin of victory equates to only a 1.6% advantage.
For our next game test, we benchmarked all of the test systems using a custom multi-player Doom 3 timedemo. We cranked the resolution down to 640 x 480, and configured the game to run at its "Low-Quality" graphics setting. Although Doom 3 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.
Our Doom 3 results mirrored what we saw with Unreal Tournament 2004, but the Intel powered system put up a much better performance here. In our custom, low-res Doom 3 benchmark, the Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI outpaced the Sapphire Pure Innovation PI-A9RX480 by 2.5 frames per second, or 1.7%. Not an earth-shattering victory by any means, but a technical victory nonetheless.