X58 for the Masses: Gigabyte's EX58-UD3R & EX58-UD4P

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Low-Resolution Gaming: ET:  Quake Wars and Crysis
Taking the GPU out of the Equation

For our next set of tests, we moved on to some in-game benchmarking with ET Quake Wars and Crysis. When testing processors and motherboards in these games, we drop the resolution to 800x600 and reduce all of the in-game graphical options to their minimum values to isolate CPU and memory performance as much as possible. However, any in-game effects, which control the level of detail for the games' physics engines and particle systems, are left at their maximum values, since these actually do place some load on the CPU rather than GPU.

Games do not get the same treatment as the rendering benchmarks, however, with both of Gigabyte's boards quickly falling to the bottom two slots in the Quake Wars testing, and staving off last place in Crysis (with the MSI Eclipse earning that dubious honor).  Frame-rate variances between the two Gigabyte boards were mostly negligible, which makes sense seeing as how there is very little different in their respective makeup.

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