The Comanche 4 benchmarking demo was run with texture compression and hardware shaders enabled and sound disabled.
A piece of software that has traditionally scaled very closely with CPU speed, the C4 demo gives the P4 3.46 and 925XE chipset almost 10% across the tested resolutions, barely cracking the 80 fps barrier at 640×480. This score makes the new processor the second CPU tested by SimHQ to reach a score of 80 (the first being the Athlon 64 FX-55).
Lock On: Modern Air Combat was tested using the first three minutes of the MiG-29 Intercept demo. The in-game graphics default setting of low was used to see if the two systems would display any performance differences.
LOMAC gives the new Intel setup a very slight edge, but nothing that would be discernible during actual gameplay. For a flight simulation, Lock On has certainly proven itself very dependent on the installed graphics board for good frame rates.
IL-2: Sturmovik Forgotten Battles – Aces Expansion Pack was tested in OpenGL and with all video options set to medium (normal for Objects detail) using the Black Death track.
Of all the games tested for this review, IL-2: FB AEP showed the most appreciation for the 925XE’s faster front side bus, giving an almost 20% increase at 640×480 over the P4 3.4-based test system. The advantage does lessen slightly as the resolution increases, but the new setup still commanded a solid 15% lead at 1600×1200. Fans of the IL-2 series considering a Pentium 4 upgrade in their future should definitely take note of the 925XE’s performance advantage.