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 PCMark Vantage scores are sort of all over the place. On the one hand the performance with the IGP was not that good, however, once we remove that from the equation we see it take off. Then the overclocked scores are at the top of the list, at least for x86.
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.
Ok, now this one hurts. As we mentioned before, we saw that when we overclocked the CPU the IGP took a serious performance hit. Here we see the beginnings of this. We ran the overclocked tests a total of ten times and 22 was the highest score with a CPU score of only 16.
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 ASRock 880G Extreme3 shows off its stuff with some excellent scores.
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