9. Half Life 2
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
Half life 2 is no doubt the most anticipated pc game of all times. Gamers keeping the excellence of Half Life 1 in their mind as well as the remarkable E3 demo preview, have been anxiously waiting for the much delayed release of HL2.
Characters - Advanced facial animation system delivers the most sophisticated in-game characters ever seen. With 40 distinct facial "muscles," human characters convey the full array of human emotion, and respond to the player with fluidity and intelligence.
Physics - From pebbles to water to 2-ton trucks respond as expected, as they obey the laws of mass, friction, gravity, and buoyancy.
Graphics - Source's shader-based renderer, like the one used at Pixar to create movies such as Toy Story® and Monster's, Inc.®, creates the most beautiful and realistic environments ever seen in a video game.
AI - Neither friends nor enemies charge blindly into the fray. They can assess threats, navigate tricky terrain, and fashion weapons from whatever is at hand.
To measure performance we used the Video Stress Test(VST) that is available in the CounterStrike:Source beta available through Steam. We set all the details to the highest level and each time changed the resolution from 800x600 up to 1600x1200.
All three motherboards reported almost the same results. However, with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering enabled, at low resolutions, the Intel based motherboard offers slightly higher frame rates. But both the AMD based motherboards took their revenge at the higher resolutions. In any case, differences in frame rates were not significant.