Gaming: Doom 3
Putting Doom 3 in our motherboard test suite was yet another attempt to see some difference between the AGP and PCIe motherboards, as this will soon become a bigger topic of discussion among gamers and enthusiasts. I ran the default timedemo, ‘timedemo demo 1’, three times on each resolution and quality setting, and took the average of the second and third scores. We ignored the first one as it was always much slower than the following ones as the game was caching textures off the hard drive. The tests were done in Medium Quality (MQ), High Quality (HQ) and Ultra Quality (UQ) and in both 0xAA and 4xAA modes.
The scores are dead even for both AMD chipsets, leaving the lonely Intel chipset on the lower resolutions.
Here we actually see the VIA chipset take a very very slight performance lead over the NVIDIA nForce4 chipset, but nothing that would be noticeable in usage. But again the Intel system is noticeably slower at the lower resolutions.