Overall System performance and Gaming
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.
Interestingly enough, the P7H57D-V EVO does not do so well in our PCMark Vantage testing. It actually comes in behind the other two H5x boards we have tested.
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. Due to the PhysX support and our use of an NVIDIA GPU, we run with PhysX enabled and disabled to give you the best indication of real system performance. For testing we use the Performance test run.
In 3DMark Vantage the ASUS P7H57 manages to pull ahead by a couple of points for a win with the Intel HD GMA running. To be fair to the other two H5x boards, the margin was so small you would never notice the difference in a real world test.
Cinebench R10 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 R10 tests your systems ability to render across a single and multiple CPU cores. It also tests your systems ability to process OpenGL information.
The P7H57D-V EVO is a pretty impressive board when it comes to Cinebench. Of course, it cannot hope to keep up with a real workstation, but it does show that it can hold its own when it comes to image rendering.