Here is where we dig out the FutureMark tests.
For overall system performance we use PCMark Vantage. This is run in both x86 and x64 mode to give the best indication of performance.
With the monster Radeon HD 5970 installed we knew that PCMark was going to be a breeze, although we did not expect to see the rather large gap that we have.
For synthetic gaming tests we used the industry standard and overlockers bragging tool 3DMark Vantage. This is a test that strives to mimic the impact modern games have on a system. Futuremark went a long way to change from the early days of graphics driven tests to a broader approach including physics, AI and more advanced graphics simulations.
3DMark Vantage uses the DX10 API in addition to having support for PhysX. As we are no longer using an NVIDIA GPU for testing (at least until we can get a GTX 4xx card) you will only see the CPU based PhysX results in the scores. For testing we use the Performance test run.
Nothing much to say here, as if you thought this one would turn out any other way. What is interesting is the CPU score. Despite being almost the same CPU as used on the P7P55WS and the P7F7E WS, the Core i7 875K lags a little behind when on the H55N.
Cinebench R11.5 x64
Cinebench is a synthetic rendering tool developed by Maxon. Maxon is the same company that developed Cinema4D, another industry leading 3D Animation application. Cinebench R11.5 tests your systems ability to render across a single and multiple CPU cores. It also tests your systems ability to process OpenGL information.
Once more it looks like the H55N does hold the Core i7 875K back a little. It is now entirely possible that the BIOS it not properly coded to handle the CPU and the lack of the power phases need to run it are showing up.