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GIGABYTE P67A-UD4 (Intel P67 Express) Motherboard Review - Synthetic Tests - Part I

After taking a look at the P67A-UD7 with the launch of Sandy Bridge, we come around to P67A-UD4. Can the UD7's little brother hold up the family name?

| Socket LGA 1155 in Motherboards | Posted: Mar 9, 2011 2:27 am
TweakTown Rating: 82%      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 Finalwire's AIDA64, 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, AIDA64 and HyperPi 0.99.

 

Sisoft Sandra

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2011
Developer Homepage: http://www.sisoftware.net
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Memory performance is about par for the P67A-UD4. It is right where is should be for a Sandy Bridge + P67 system. We should see some decent performance with HyperPi, LightWave 3D and Cinebench unless the HDD performance is not where it should be.

 

AIDA64

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.00.1035BETA
Developer Homepage: http://www.aida64.com
Product Homepage: http://www.aida64.com
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Replacing Everest in our labs is AIDA64. This new testing suite is from the core development team from Lavalys and continues that tradition. The guys have thrown in better support for multithreaded CPUs as well as full 64 bit support. We use this to test memory and HDDs for now, but may find ourselves opening this up to other areas of the motherboard.

 

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Stock Memory Performance

 

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Overclocked Memory Performance

 

Nothing to see here really; the P67 and the Core i7 2600K have memory performance covered.

 

HyperPi 0.99

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 0.99
Developer Homepage: http://www.virgilioborges.com.br
Product Homepage: http://www.virgilioborges.com.br
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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.

 

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With HyperPi the UD4 is about normal for a P67 motherboard. It was not great, but then again, not bad. It is a little faster than the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe, but much slower than the P67A-UD7. I would say that with come BIOS work some of this performance could be corrected.

 

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