X79 Motherboard Roundup: ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte

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Low-Res Gaming: Crysis and ET:QW

For our next set of tests, we moved on to some in-game benchmarking with Crysis and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. When testing processors with Crysis or ET:QW, we drop the resolution to 1024x768, and reduce all of the in-game graphical options to their minimum values to isolate CPU and memory performance as much as possible. However, the 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.

Low-Resolution Gaming: Crysis and ET:Quake Wars
Taking the GPU out of the Equation (Well, trying to at least)

The ASRock X79 Extreme6/GB shows its stuff in our gaming benchmarks, posting the best score in both ET:QW and Crysis. In Crysis, the ASRock board didn’t beat out the two ASUS boards by much, but in ET:QW, it had a slightly more significant lead.  Regardless, all performance numbers here are within a few percentage points of each other.

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