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.
Ok, now this is odd. The PCMark scores for both X86 and X64 at stock speeds (and with the HD 5870) are at the bottom of the list. It was not until we overclocked the PII X6 that we saw the scores rise.
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. As we are no longer using an NVIDIA GPU for testing (at least until we can get a GTX 4xx card) you will only see the CPU based PhysX results in the scores. For testing we use the Performance test run.
The 3DMark scores were not exactly what we hoped they would be. Again at stock and even overclocked they are at the bottom of the pile. It is not until we drop in the 5870 that the scores pick up.
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 tests your systems ability to render across a single and multiple CPU cores. It also tests your systems ability to process OpenGL information.
The Cinebench score for the A88GM with the Phenom II X6 is not bad at all. It is not the equivalent of the 890FX scores we have seen, but it is a solid score.