Here is where we dig out the FutureMark tests.
PCMark is where we see our first indication that the performance on the A9DA-S might not be up to par. The x86 performance was simply terrible, while the x64 performance was only slightly faster than the other boards in our test group when we used the HD 5870 and while overclocked.
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.
3DMark Vantage also shows us some troubling numbers. We see that at stock the IGP (but not the CPU) performs a little worse than the other boards in the group. However, when we drop in the HD 5870 or overclock the CPU we get a nice pickup in performance and the A9DA-S actually tops out the group with the HD 5870 installed.
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 x64 tests your systems ability to render across a single and multiple CPU cores. It also tests your systems ability to process OpenGL information.
The Foxconn performs on par with the GIGABYTE 890GX here. However, when we push the system we see it win by a small margin for both CPU and Open GL performance.
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