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 P55 Extreme4 has no problems with PCMark Vantage. Even with the rather slow HDD performance we saw earlier, the numbers here are quite good.
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.
Again, the P55 Extreme4 shows us that it is a fast and capable motherboard. The combination of the P55 Extreme4, Intel Core i7 875K and the ASUS EAH5870 V2 is excellent.
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.
At stock speeds the P55 Extreme4 falls into place just behind the 870 based motherboard we tested with our new configuration. It is not by much, but it is still behind. Granted, when we overclocked the CPU, things changed.