The picture in the gaming benchmarks is not so rosy either. DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G falls 4-9% behind the leader on Nvidia nForce 680i SLI. Intel based mainboards are also quite noticeably behind: the lag is about 5%.
The performance in applications once again proves the conclusion we are about to make. Despite all its remarkable configuring features, ATI RD600 still has a pretty weak memory controller. That is why the mainboard built on this core logic set loses to the competitors, and the performance difference is sometimes quite noticeable.