Crysis

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Crysis

1680x1050 0AA 0AF, All Medium Settings

  • Abit IX38 QuadGT
  • Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6
  • Asus P5Q Deluxe
  • Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6
  • Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS4
  • 34.6
  • 34.4
  • 34.3
  • 34.1
  • 23.1
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35
Frames Per Second (higher is better)

Crysis performance is fractionally slower for the Gigabyte EP45-DQ6 than the other x8/x8 or x16/x16 boards, however half a frame per second is not exactly noticeable in the real world. Ten frames per second is, though and there's a huge difference between the old x16/x4 PCI-Express 1.0a P35 boards and the newer x8/x8 PCI-Express 2.0 P45-based boards. The improvements take multi-GPU performance from an unplayable 20-something frames per second to a quite playable frame rate in the mid 30s.

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

Publisher: Activision

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

1680x1050 4xAA 16xAF, Maximum Detail, No Soft Particles

  • Asus P5Q Deluxe
  • Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6
  • Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6
  • Abit IX38 QuadGT
  • MSI P35 Diamond
  • Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS4
  • 81.5
  • 80.8
  • 78.3
  • 77.8
  • 47.5
  • 41.9
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70
80
90
Frames Per Second (higher is better)

Here, the Gigabyte EP45-DQ6 falls slightly behind the Asus P5Q Deluxe but both pull out a few frames per second lead against the DDR2 X38 and DDR3 X48 boards. The P45 boards both annihilate the older P35 boards simply because they have more bandwidth to play with for both graphics cards. If you're looking to use CrossFire on Intel processors, P45 seems to be the way to go.

World in Conflict

Publisher: Sierra

World in Conflict

1280x1024 2xAA 2xAF, High Detail

  • Asus P5Q Deluxe
  • Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6
  • Abit IX38 QuadGT
  • Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6
  • Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS4
  • MSI P35 Diamond
    • 52.3
    • 29.7
    • 51.7
    • 29.0
    • 49.0
    • 28.0
    • 49.0
    • 28.0
    • 36.3
    • 23.0
    • 35.0
    • 20.7
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Frames Per Second (higher is better)
  • Average
  • Idle

World in Conflict performance is again very good indeed, and although the Gigabyte EP45-DQ6 is again slightly behind the Asus P5Q Deluxe, both of these are a few frames per second faster than the DDR2 X38 and DDR3 X48 boards. In addition, they’re of course quite a bit faster than the older P35 boards.
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