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Quake 4

Quake 4 Benchmark

ID Software; Quake 4 v1.2

ID Software?s QUAKE 4, developed by Raven Software, takes players into an epic invasion on a barbaric alien planet in one of the most anticipated first person shooters for 2005. Even today in 2006 Quake 4 is played by professional gamers around the world in the famed World Series of Video Games (WSVG) and still one of the most played first person shooters on the market today.

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Quake 4 runs on an updated version of the DOOM 3 graphics engine, so performance is expected to be on par with that of DOOM 3.  We ran Quake 4 with the version 1.2 patch, which adds dual-core processor support.  At 1280×1024 with 4xAA/16xAF Intel’s latest and greatest processor takes the lead by nearly 4FPS.

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Since we had SMP enabled in the game we thought 1600×1200 performance might show a difference between the two processors, but no such luck.  At 1600×1200 with 4xAA/16xAF we were GPU bound as both processors ran 57FPS.

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