12. Thief 3
2. The mainboard - Packaging
3. NVidia's Scalable Link Interface
4. Test System - Configuration
8. Aquamark/3DMark 2001
9. Half Life 2
10. Doom 3
12. Thief 3
13. Colin McRae 2005
14. Ground Control II
15. Performance Test v5.0
17. Bundled Software
18. AIBooster - Overclocking
Instead of Deus Ex from now on we'll be testing our cards using Thief 3. It's based on the same engine but it's much less GPU intensive and playable by more VGA cards than Deus.
The game makes severe use of Pixel Shader 1.1 instructions, the bloom effect and stencil shadows to achieve a wonderful result in your screen.
In the game you play the part of Master Thief Garrett who is back to rule out any evil forces using his unique stealth abilities. Deadly Shadows shows what stealth gameplay is all about. This game really gives you the feel of sneaking around and holding your breath when stuck in a sticky situation.
Since there is no official benchmark for the game, we'll do our tests using a GPU intensive scene from the tutorial-level which we believe that represents the average fps you'll get when playing the game.
Thief 3 is a torture test for graphics cards. All lower class cards fail to provide stable performance in this benchmark when selecting full details from the settings menu.
We should focus on differences between the Deluxe and the Premium versions of the A8N-SLI motherboard. In all cases, except at 1600x1200 resolution (4xAA and 8xAF), the Premium motherboard was better. Despite any differences at or below 1280x1024, at 1600x1200, all three motherboards in this comparison chart reported the same 10FPS.