Time has come to check out the performance numbers and compare the results in two different system modes: in nominal mode and during CPU and memory overclocking. First we are going to talk about the results in nominal mode, when the boards set the most optimal parameters on their own, almost without any help from the user. Due to Intel Turbo Boost technology the clock frequency multiplier of our Intel Core i7-860 processor could increase to 26x. Our today’s hero will be competing against previously tested mainboards. The mainboards are listed on the diagrams according to their performance (from high to low). The results of Asus Maximus III Formula mainboard are marked with a darker color for your convenience.
In order to estimate the results of Asus Maximus III Formula mainboard correctly, we have to remind you that Gigabyte mainboards increase the base clock in nominal mode, but ASRock P55 Deluxe board increases this setting even more. That is why these two solutions are faster than everyone else. Biostar TPower I55 mainboard also has peculiarities of its own: even with Turbo technology on it doesn’t always increase the CPU clock frequency multiplier, which often leads to the lowest scores in the nominal mode. So, the only mainboards working in the same conditions as Asus Maximus III Formula are Asus P7P55D Deluxe, DFI LANPARTY DK P55-T3eH9 and Intel DP55KG, therefore you should take their performance numbers into account in the first place.