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ASUS Crosshair IV Formula (AMD 890FX) Motherboard - Real-World Tests - Part I

AMD has dropped a 6 Core CPU on the consumer and ASUS has a board with performance and features to match.

| Socket AM3/AM3+ in Motherboards | Posted: May 25, 2010 6:03 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%      Manufacturer: ASUS

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

 

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.

 


LightWave 3D

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 9.6
Developer Homepage: http://www.newtek.com
Product Homepage: http://www.newtek.com/lightwave/
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The Crosshair Formula also gives a good showing with LightWave 3D. It was not the fastest on the block, but it did beat out the Core i5 750 and was only a couple of minutes behind the stock 8-threaded Xeon.

 


AutoGK

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.55
Developer Homepage: http://www.autogk.me.uk/
Product Homepage: http://www.autogk.me.uk/
Download It Here

 

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.

 

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Surprisingly the Crosshair IV Formula with the PII X6 does quite well at transcoding. The scores are great when compared to the stock speeds. However, when we do push the CPUs the Intel offerings come out on top.

 

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