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.
The ASUS P7H55D-M EVO does ok in PCMark Vantage. We are seeing excellent scores for the overclocked and HD 5870 testing, but not so good for the stock performance.
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 scores here are very telling. While the Core i5 661 is no match for the Phenom II X6 we used on the 880GM board, the GPU under the IHS is still able to beat out the AMD IGPs on both the 890GX and the 880G.
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.
Here the Intel Core i5 661 (even on the higher end H5x boards) is just not a match for the true quad core AMD CPUs. However, we do see that the ASUS P7H55 is able to hang up there at the top of the H55 boards.