As usual, we are going to compare the mainboards speeds in two different modes: in nominal mode and during overclocking. However, Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 is the first mainboard in our review series, so we decided to use the same approach to performance testing as we used during power consumption measurements. We used several testing tools and utilities to create different types of operational load and measured the system performance in nominal mode with the default settings. Then we ran the exact same tests when we overclocked only the processor computing cores, only the memory, only the graphics core and during complex system overclocking. In this chapter we are going to offer you the obtained results with all the accompanying commentary. And further in the review we will take into account our power consumption results and draw proper conclusions.
We used Cinebench 11.5. All tests were run five times and the average result of the five runs was taken for the performance charts.
We have been using Fritz Chess Benchmark utility for a long time already and it proved very illustrative. It generated repeated results, the performance in it is scales perfectly depending on the number of involved computational threads.
x264 FHD Benchmark v1.0.1 (64bit) test allows to compare the system performance against an existing database of results. The average of five consecutive passes is presented on the diagram below:
We measured the performance in Adobe Photoshop using our own benchmark made from Retouch Artists Photoshop Speed Test that has been creatively modified. It includes typical editing of four 24-megapixel images from a digital photo camera.
In the archiving test a 1 GB file is compressed using LZMA2 algorithms, while other compression settings remain at defaults.
Like in the data compression test, the faster 8 million of Pi digits are calculated, the better. This is the only benchmark where the number of processor cores doesn’t really matter, because it creates single-threaded load.
The next diagram shows the results of 3DMark11 CPU tests – Physics Score. This score is obtained in a special physics test that emulates the behavior of a complex gaming system working with numerous objects:
The benchmark integrated into the Hitman Absolution game turned out very convenient. It can be launched directly from the game, from the game launcher utility and even from the command prompt. In order to get the minimal acceptable results, we had to use the lowest image settings and use one of the lower resolutions.
Batman: Arkham City game also reacts eagerly to any changes in the CPU clock frequency, but it uses DirectX 11. We ran game’s integrated benchmark five times with high image quality settings and then take the average of the five runs for the diagrams.
I am sure this didn’t come as a surprise that the best results were obtained during complex system overclocking, when the frequency of all components has been successfully increased. However, in order to adequately assess the individual contribution of the overclocked memory, processor and graphics into the overall system performance, we will have to refer to the power consumption numbers from the previous chapter of our today’s review.