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 P6X58D-E makes short work of PCMark Vantage. With the excellent memory and HDD speed (not to mention the 6 cores running at 3.3GHz with 2 threads per core), the performance numbers are well up there.
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.
We see another excellent run on the P6X58D-E. Much of this is due to the factory overclocked HD5870 V2, but the board needs to be able to let this GPU do its work.
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.
With Cinebench 11.5 we see that the ASUS P6X58 motherboard is able to keep with the demand of all 12 threads running on the 980X. Again, this is due to the excellent memory and HDD performance we saw earlier.