Gigabyte EX58-UD5 X58 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.
With the Asus P6T Deluxe putting in an impressive performance in the synthetic benchmarks it was hard to imagine the board falling down in the gaming benchmarks. And true to form, the Asus board took the lions share of the tests leaving the MSI and Gigabyte to fight it out for third place.
Let's take a look at the overall performance of the setups on test today...