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.
All the results in our 0x0x testing shows the ATI chipset performing the same as the competition, with the scores all right in line with each other. It would appear that the ATI XPRESS 200 chipset will make as good a gaming choice as any other AMD-based PCIe solution.
The results are the same for higher image quality test runs as well.