Real-world testing allows us to see how well a product will perform when used in the same manner as it would be in your house or office. It is an important side to performance testing as it can uncover hidden glitches in the way a product performs.
It is especially true when testing a mainboard; there are so many components of a board that have to interact that any problems between parts can cause a failure of the whole.
For real-world testing we use some common applications and functions. We test with LightWave 3D for rendering performance, AutoGK for transcoding from DVD to AVI and two games for gaming testing.
Rendering of 3D animation is a system intensive endeavor. You need a good CPU, memory and HDD speed to get good rendering times. For our testing we use LightWave 3D. This software from Newtek is an industry standard and has several pre loaded scenes for us to use.
Version and / or Patch Used: 9.6
Developer Homepage: http://www.newtek.com
Product Homepage: http://www.newtek.com/lightwave/
The rendering tests here are a very slow for an X58 system. Normally with the 975 at stock you would see render times at about 2.5 minutes for a 1080 HD quality frame. The X58 was almost double that time at 4:34. This is not the board you would want to use if you are looking to do 3D animation.
A jump of 2 minutes per frame adds two hours to a 60 frame render. At 2 minutes per frame x 60 frames, if you are keeping to a 29 FPS standard you are looking at adding two hours for a little over 2 seconds of playback time. Not a good thing at all. Even when overclocked the X58 Extreme still cannot keep up with other boards at stock.
Version and / or Patch Used: 2.55
Developer Homepage: http://www.autogk.me.uk/
Product Homepage: http://www.autogk.me.uk/
AutoGK stands for Auto Gordian Knot; it is a suite of transcoding tools that are compiled into an easy to install and use utility. It allows you to transcode non-protected DVDs and other media to Xvid or DivX format. For our testing purposes we use a non-DRM restricted movie that is roughly 2 hours in length. This is transcoded to a single Xvid AVI at 100% quality.
The ASRock X58 Extreme does very well with this test at stock speed. However, it slows down when overclocked. This is an odd occurrence, but could be due to some of the memory instabilities we noted earlier.