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.
At stock speeds the PCMark Vantage numbers are a little lower than we expected. When we were using 1333MHz as our stock memory speed we saw numbers in the mid 13k range for the x86 run. We have a feeling the issue here is the slower linear read speeds as these can impact more than a few of the tests in the suite.
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.
With a more capable GPU the M4A89TD PRO does well in 3DMark Vantage. We also find that when we open up room for the CPU, the GPU is able to give us a little more as well.
Cinebench R11. 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 M4A89TD PRO shows it is a capable board. The Cinebench numbers are actually a little more than we are used to at stock and overclocked speeds. It would seem that with the higher memory clocks the AMD CPUs and chipsets can do quite a bit more.