X58 Showdown: ASUS Rampage II vs. MSI Eclipse

Low-Res Gaming Framerates


Low-Resolution Gaming: ET:  Quake Wars and Crysis - CPU-Bound Tests
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.

Both game engines produced excellent frame rates when fueled by the Core i7 and its triple channel DDR3, while the graphics card remained the same.  And, even though we've seen most, if not all of the synthetic and rendering benchmarks go MSI's way, the Rampage II Extreme pulled out on top in both ET: Quake Wars and Crysis.

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