Soltek's QBic EQ3901-300P SFF PC
Wolfenstein: ET & Unreal Tournament 2004
To start our in-game testing, we ran through a batch of time demos with the OpenGL game Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. Wolfenstein: ET is a free, standalone multiplayer game that is based on the original Return to Castle Wolfenstein that was released a few years back. It uses a heavily modified version of the Quake III engine, which makes it a very easy-to-use benchmarking tool. We ran the test using the "Fastest" setting at a low resolution of 640 X 480, using 16-bit color and textures. Running this test with a high-end graphics card, at these minimal settings, isolates processor and memory performance without being limited by the graphics subsystem.
The MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum finished in first place in our custom Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory benchmark, beating the Soltek QBic EQ3901-300P by just over 3 frames per second. 3 FPS equates to only a 2.1% performance advantage for the K8N. Hardly a difference worth getting excited over...
Next, we did some benchmarking with Epic's Unreal Tournament 2004. When we tested these systems with UT 2004, we ensured that all of them were being benchmarked with the exact same in-game settings and graphical options and we dropped the resolution and detail levels to isolate CPU and memory performance.
In our custom Unreal Tournament 2004 benchmark, the Soltek QBic EQ3901-300P was able to overtake the MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum, but the Winfast 755FXK8AA-8EKRS and MSI K8T Neo2-FIR were still a bit faster. Once again though, the performance delta was quite small, and would be imperceptible in any real-world situations.