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.
For PCMark there is no doubt that the Sabertooth can deal with demands put on it. This could be a good indication of balanced performance. Of course, this is only a synthetic test and cannot tell us the whole story.
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, you will only see the CPU based PhysX results in the scores. For testing we use the Performance test run.
For our 3DMark Vantage testing the Sabertooth X58 is out on top for both Stock and Overclocked testing. This could be a good sign for gamers, but we will have to reserve our final judgment until after the real-world gaming tests.
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.
Once again, for our stock run the Sabertooth is up at the top of the pack. This is due to the combination of good memory and HDD performance (not to mention the 12 thread CPU onboard). With good scores here you can expect decent performance in image manipulation (Photoshop etc).