Arena is a First Person Shooter (FPS) that revolutionized gaming as we know it.
Using multiple light sources and having graphics textures that can fill
videocards, even after 3 years it's still able to bring a cutting edge system to
its knees. Both demo's are set to FASTEST setting in the
Quake III has always loved high memory bandwidth, and here
we again see the i845G motherboards are in front. The three i845E based
motherboards use higher memory frequencies that enable them to outperform the
Even though the nv15demo is supposed to be all CPU limited,
we still see how bandwidth affects performance.
It's no surprise that the ECS L4IBAE was the poorest
overclocker of the bunch as it isn't designed for the overclocking market at
all. On the other hand, we were a bit surprised that the Epox 4G4A+ was not the
best overclocking board in the group. With such a powerful and feature rich BIOS
we would have expected more. It's possible that since the test 4G4A+ was beta,
all the kinks haven't been worked out... From talking to a few friends who have
the 4G4A+ I know it's a decent overclocker. It's a shame the test board wasn't.
We were a bit disappointed at the BD7II-RAID's
overclockability, and I suppose the biggest limiting factor was the relatively
low memory voltage. At a max of 2.7V, it doesn't allow an overclocker to really
test out the limits of the system without having
to physically modify the motherboard.
We were very impressed at how high the Abit BG7 was able to
take our 1.6A even though it didn't have the best overclocking options. Goes to
show a lot about the "Abit Engineering" they're always [marketing] about.