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GIGABYTE X58A-UD9 (Intel X58 Express) Motherboard - Synthetic Tests - Part I

By: Sean Kalinich | Socket LGA 1366 in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 23, 2010 11:56 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

With any system you will want to see a combination of synthetic testing and real-world. Synthetics give you a static, easily repeatable testing method that can be compared across multiple platforms. For our synthetic tests we use Everest Ultimate, Sisoft Sandra, FutureMark's 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage, Cinebench as well as HyperPi. Each of these covers a different aspect of performance or a different angle of a certain type of performance.


Memory Bandwidth


Memory is a big part of current system performance. In most systems slow or flakey memory performance will impact almost every type of application you run. To test memory we use a combination of Sisoft Sandra, Everest and HyperPi 0.99.


Sisoft Sandra


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The X58-UD9 has some great tuning for memory. Even at stock speeds it is in the lead by over 1GB/s in aggregate bandwidth.


Everest Ultimate


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Everest Ultimate is a suite of tests and utilities that can be used for system diagnostics and testing. For our purposes here we use their memory bandwidth test and see what the theoretical performance is.



Stock Memory Performance



Overclocked Memory Performance


The Everest testing shows us that the X58-UD9 is just plain quick. Even some of the CPU cache numbers are faster than we are used to seeing.


HyperPi 0.99


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HyperPi is a front end for SuperPi that allows for multiple concurrent instances of SuperPi to be run on each core recognized by the system. It is very dependent on CPU to memory to HDD speed. The faster these components, the faster it is able to figure out the number Pi to the selected length.


For our testing we use the 32M run. This means that each of the four physical and four logical cores for the i7 and the four physical cores of the i5 is trying to calculate the number Pi out to 32 million decimal places. Each "run" is a comparative to ensure accuracy and any stability or performance issues in the loop mentioned above will cause errors in calculation.




Ok, this is an odd score, but one that we did test more than once. The X58-UD9 was simply that much faster. But then again, we did see a large gulf in memory performance that could be the reason for this gap in performance.


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