Shuttle SN25P XPC (nForce 4 Ultra)
Unreal Tournament 2004 & Doom 3
To start our in-game testing, we did some low-resolution benchmarking with Epic's Unreal Tournament 2004. When testing with UT 2004, we use a specific set of game engine initialization parameters 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" setting with UT2004 that isolates CPU and memory performance.
The Shuttle SN25P XPC scored another first place finish in our custom Unreal Tournament 2004 benchmark. Its score of 155.82 frames per second was marginally faster then the other nForce 4 Ultra based motherboard, the MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum, but it was about 3% faster then the nForce 4 SLI.
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's more CPU / Memory-bound than anything else...
Our custom multi-player Doom 3 benchmark had the nForce 4 SLI rig finishing in first place, followed by the nForce 4 Ultra based K8N Neo4 Platinum and nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition reference motherboard. And although the SN25P XPC trailed slightly behind all of the other systems here, the approximate 2 frames per second separating it from any of the full-sized rigs is nothing to get excited about.