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GIGABYTE H55N-USB3 (Intel H55 Express) Mini-ITX Motherboard - Real-World Tests - Part I

By: Sean Kalinich | Socket LGA 1156 in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 28, 2010 7:44 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

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.


This 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 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
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Again we see the H55N-USB3 does well for a 4 thread Intel CPU (when stacked up against the six core Phenom II 1090T). Then again, it is doubtful that anyone would be using the Core i5 661 for Lightwave 4k rendering.




Version and / or Patch Used: 2.55
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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.




The H55N-USB3 did outstanding for our AutoGK testing. It was well ahead of most of the pack at stock speeds and then came in right behind the leader (which was using a six core CPU) when overclocked.


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