MSI P965 Neo-F For Core 2 Duo - Game Benchmarking - Continued...

Article Index
MSI P965 Neo-F For Core 2 Duo
Board Layout - Up Close
Very Standard BIOS - Lean on Tweaking
Test Setup and Early Benchmarks
Application Benchmarks - Continued...
Game Performance and Benchmarking
Game Benchmarking - Continued...
Overclocking the P965 Neo-F
Final Thoughts and Conclusion


We continue our head-to-head with a game that has been making headlines as far as world environments go.  The game of course is Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.  This game renders graphics on the fly and trees, grass and other objects are generated real-time as you run though the game.  This is incredibly demanding on both the graphics processor and the CPU.

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Quake 4:

We continue our quest as we take a look at Quake 4.  I enjoyed this game much more than Doom3 and have spent quite a few hours in the past fragging on Quake 4 maps.  Quake 4 is locked at 60 FPS, so to let things run loose and wild, we had open the console and fix the tic rate by typing the command " seta com_fixedtic "1" ".  This allowed the game to run at the highest FPS that the system could generate.  The problem with this is that when you run faster processors, the game speeds up and the map run-though is not perfectly consistent.  We ran though many times to get very comparable results as you can see below.

Quake 4
Quake 4

Tomb Raider: Legend:

The last game we are taking a look at today is the latest Tomb Raider installment.  This game is a total rework of everything we've previously come to hate about Tomb Raider and it has actually impressed a whole bunch of people.  The truth is this game looks good and runs pretty well on mid-range hardware - until you turn Next-Generation Content on.  For these test we are running default graphics settings with Next Gen off at 800x600.

Tomb Raider: Legend
Tomb Raider: Legend

In this series of tests, we really see the MSI P965 Neo-F motherboard shine.  Oblivion was fairly close, but when it comes to Quake 4 and Tomb Raider: Legend there is no comparison.  While our Intel test board average over 140FBS in Tomb Raider: Legend, the MSI board pulled an amazing 200FPS at the same settings.  Incredible!!

We've now ran through our applications and games and there is only one thing left to do - overclock the board and see how well it runs above spec.  We'll carry on to some faster numbers on the next page.