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Performance Comparison

As usual, we are going to compare the mainboards speeds in two different modes: in nominal mode and during CPU and memory overclocking. The first mode is interesting because it shows how well the mainboards work with their default settings. It is a known fact that most users do not fine-tune their systems, they simply choose the optimal BIOS settings and do nothing else. That is why we run a round of tests almost without interfering in any way with the default mainboard settings. For comparison purposes we are going to also include GigabyteGA-P67A-UD4-B3. The results of Intel DP67BG are marked with darker color on the diagrams.

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.

A small video in x264 HD Benchmark 3.0 is encoded in two passes and then the entire process is repeated four times. The average results of the second pass are displayed on the following diagram:

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 10-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 16 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.

There are good and bad things about complex performance tests. However, Futuremark benchmarking software has become extremely popular and is used for comparisons a lot. The diagram below shows the average results after three test-runs in 3DMark11 Performance mode with default settings:

Since we do not overclock graphics in our mainboard reviews, the next diagram shows only CPU tests from the 3DMark11 – Physics Score.

We use FC2 Benchmark Tool to go over Ranch Small map ten times in 1920x1080 resolution with high image quality settings in DirectX 10.

Resident Evil 5 game also has a built-in performance test. Its peculiarity is that it can really take advantage of multi-core processor architecture. The tests were run in DirectX 10 in 1920x1080 resolution with high image quality settings. The average of five test runs was taken for further analysis:

As we have expected, there is barely any performance difference between these two mainboards. Both mainboards work at almost the same speed except for two tests where Gigabyte is about 2% behind: 3DMark 11 and Adobe Photoshop CS5. As for the last application, it was because of the errors in it that we were forced to lower our overclocking using Gigabyte mainboard to 4.7 GHz. So, let’s perform the same tests with the overclocked CPU and memory and see how much of a performance difference there will be in case of a 100 MHz difference in CPU frequency. I would like to remind you that the CPU was overclocked to 4.8 GHz on Intel mainboard, while the memory worked at 1600 MHz with 6-6-6-6-18-1T timings on both of them.

Due to a slightly higher CPU overclocking on Intel mainboard, it is about 2% faster than the competitor from Gigabyte. There are exceptions, and again these are in 3DMark 11 and Adobe Photoshop CS5: here Gigabyte mainboard falls behind farther than usual, although it wins back in the gaming FarCry 2.

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