Z77 Motherboard Round-Up: MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte, Intel

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Low-Res: Gaming Tests

For our next series of tests, we moved on to some more 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 a load on the CPU rather than GPU.

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




We saw minute performance differences between the various Intel-based motherboards in our low-res game tests, but there was no clear winner.
 

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