Gaming

Our gaming tests set out to find games that were heavily CPU dependent in order to test for platform differences.  Games at higher resolutions with more emphasis on the GPU won’t show us any differences, if they exist.

These tests were not run in any SLI vs. CrossFire modes.

FEAR v1.03

We ran FEAR at 1024×768 with the CPU settings at maximum and the GPU settings at medium to show any performance differences off of the GPU. 

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Call of Duty 2 v1.01

We ran CoD2 at 1024×768 with the GPU settings at Medium.

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3DMark06 v1.02

This benchmark is used by many in the enthusiast crowd to compare their systems so we decided it would be good for our readers if we included numbers from our test system here as well.

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This is the first set of tests I can say that I was able to see a difference in the results — and it was the gap between the two 680i motherboards and the Intel 975X-powered P5W DH.  Both the Asus and EVGA 680i motherboards had slightly faster gaming scores at these low resolution tests though at anything higher the scores would more than likely level out completely.

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