VIA's K8T900 Chipset
Unreal Tournament 2004 and Doom 3
Next we delved into the gaming side of things a bit and performed some low-resolution benchmarking with Epic's Unreal Tournament 2004. We specifically used a "Low-Quality" game setting with UT2004 which allows us to isolate CPU and memory performance with little burden on the graphics subsystem.
In Unreal Tournament 2004's low resolution testing, the K8T900 competed closely with the comparison test bed, topping it by a fraction of a frame per second.
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...
Doom 3's low resolution testing showed the VIA K8T900 reference motherboard lagging the nForce 4 SLI comparison system by 1 FPS, which leaves us safely declaring a tie at these frame rates.