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.
Well, we thought that things were going to be great across the board. Unfortunately in our first test we see the H55N-USB3 lagging a little behind the competition. It honestly looks like this is the fault of the GPU, as once we dropped in the HD5870 the system took back off and passed the others in the group.
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 results here are not surprising. The leaders here are boards that had the AMD Phenom II X6 in them and the HD5870. Still, the H55N-USB3 does excellent for the CPU we used.
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.
Again the results here are not surprising. The Core i5 661 is not really a CPU meant for complex rendering, but it is still a little sad to see if so far behind.