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Foxconn H55MX-S (H55 Express) Micro-ATX Motherboard - Real-World Tests - Part I

Taking a couple steps back from the run of full featured high performance offerings, Sean takes a look at a mATX H55 based board from Foxconn.

| Socket LGA 1156 in Motherboards | Posted: Jun 10, 2010 6:21 am
TweakTown Rating: 78%Manufacturer: Foxconn

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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Unfortunately our Lightwave 3D testing shows that the H55MX-S is not going to be the right choice for high-end rendering. This could also be related to the issue we saw with the GMA HD.

 


AutoGK

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.55
Developer Homepage: http://www.autogk.me.uk/
Product Homepage: http://www.autogk.me.uk/
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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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Our AutoGK scores were good, but not great. Still, you could actually use this for transcoding if you wanted.

 

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