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ASRock X58 Extreme Core i7 Motherboard - Synthetic Tests - Part I

Looking for a good low cost board for your i7 lovin'? ASRock may have your answer with the X58 Extreme.

| Socket LGA 1366 in Motherboards | Posted: Aug 7, 2009 2:27 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: ASRock

With any system you will want to see a combination of synthetic testing and real-world. Synthetics give you a static, easily repeatable testing method that can be compared across multiple platforms. For our synthetic tests we use EVEREST Ultimate, Si-Soft Sandra, Futuremark's 3D Mark Vantage and PCMark Vantage, CINEBENCH as well as HyperPi. Each of these covers a different aspect of performance or a different angle of a certain type of performance.

 

Memory Bandwidth

 

Memory is a big part of current system performance. In most systems slow of flaky memory performance will impact almost every type of application you run.

 

To test memory we use a combination of Si-Soft Sandra, EVEREST and HyperPi 0.99.

 

EVEREST Ultimate

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 5.02.1789

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.lavalys.com

 

Product Homepage: http://www.lavalys.com

 

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EVEREST Ultimate is a suite of tests and utilities that can be used for system diagnostics and testing. For our purposes here we use their memory bandwidth test and see what the theoretical performance is.

 

ASRock X58 Extreme Core i7 Motherboard

 

Stock Memory Performance

 

ASRock X58 Extreme Core i7 Motherboard

 

Overclocked Memory Performance

 

Si-Soft Sandra

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2009 SP3c

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.sisoftware.net

 

Product Homepage: http://www.sisoftware.net

 

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ASRock X58 Extreme Core i7 Motherboard

 

Stock Memory Performance

 

ASRock X58 Extreme Core i7 Motherboard

 

Overclocked Memory Performance

 

The synthetic memory performance of the ASRock X58 Extreme is pretty good. At stock we see it is right below the reference for Sandra, but when overclocked we see a nice jump to first place.

 

HyperPi 0.99

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 0.99

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.virgilioborges.com.br

 

Product Homepage: http://www.virgilioborges.com.br

 

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HyperPi is a front end for SuperPi that allows for multiple concurrent instances of SuperPi to be run on each core recognized by the system. It is very dependent on CPU to memory to HDD speed. The faster these components the faster it is able to figure out the number Pi to the selected length. For our testing we use the 32M run. This means that each of the four physical and four logical cores for the i7 is trying to calculate the number Pi out to 32 million decimal places. Each "run" is a comparative to ensure accuracy, and any stability or performance issues in the loop mentioned above will cause errors in calculation.

 

ASRock X58 Extreme Core i7 Motherboard

 

Stock Performance

 

ASRock X58 Extreme Core i7 Motherboard

 

Overclocked Performance

 

As you can see above, the times come in just under the norm for this CPU. The average is about 18 minutes for the 32M run. The ASRock X58 Extreme shows good performance here; much of this is due to the fast SSD and RAM used. When we OC'd the i7 975 we dropped our times into the 14 minute range. This is an excellent time for this run.

 

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