Benchmark Results: Crysis And Far Cry 2
Crysis is barely playable at 2560x1600 and very-high detail levels, but the performance difference between motherboards is barely noticeable. Will adding AA emphasize that difference?
This is the level of difference we were expecting to see given our previous 3-way SLI experiences. Handicapped by its x4 lane width, the Asus P6T’s third PCI Express slot drags it out of contention at the highest tested resolution.
On the other hand, we didn’t know what to expect from the nForce 200-enhanced MSI Eclipse Plus. Its second and third slots have full x16 connections, but both slots share a single set of 16 pathways on the other side of the hub. It appears that sharing sixteen pathways is no better than owning eight pathways in this type of test.
Far Cry 2 doesn’t need AA to show a noticeable bandwidth limitation on the P6T’s third PCIe 2.0 slot. Did we just smell blood in the water?
Ouch. We’ve pointed out the weakness of the x16/x16/x4 slot arrangement several times in our $200-300 Core i7 motherboard comparison, praising EVGA and ASRock for keeping the x16/x8/x8 option open to buyers in this value-oriented-enthusiast market. Turning theory into practice lets us quantify that result.
MSI’s 16 shared pathways again fail to gain an edge over the Rampage II Extreme’s dedicated eight-per-card.