Asus P6T Deluxe X58 OC Palm Edition Motherboard
Company of Heroes is Relic's first title to make use of the "Essence Engine". This engine was designed and coded from scratch by Relic in order to make use of special graphical effects, including high dynamic range lighting, dynamic lighting & shadows, advanced shader effects and normal mapping. On May 29, 2007 Relic released a DX10 patch for Company of Heroes which was applied for this test. Running the in game performance test 5 times, the highest and lowest scores were omitted with the average calculated from the remaining 3.
Ubisoft has developed a new engine specifically for Far Cry 2, called Dunia, meaning "world", "earth" or "living" in Parsi. The engine takes advantage of multi-core processors as well as multiple processors and supports DirectX 9 as well as DirectX 10. Running the Far Cry 2 benchmark tool the test was run 5 times with the highest and lowest scores being omitted and the average calculated from the remaining 3.
I was as shocked as anybody to see the Nvidia/QX9770 based setup beating the P6T Deluxe/i7 920. I checked and triple checked all of the BIOS settings, sure that I must be missing something but everything was set and working as it should be. However, consideration should obviously be given to the fact that the QX9770 costs more than the whole of the i7 setup and if the range topping i7 965 CPU was used, it may have been a different story all together. Bang per buck at least, the Asus setup wins but I think these results have shown that there is still life left in skt775, albeit at a bigger cost than i7.
Let's take a look at the overall performance of the setups on test today...