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GIGABYTE X58-USB3 (Intel X58 Express) Motherboard Review - Synthetic Tests - Part I

If you are looking for an X58 based motherboard for under $200, GIGABYTE has something for you to take a look at.

| Socket LGA 1366 in Motherboards | Posted: May 13, 2011 4:23 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%      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
Product Homepage: http://www.sisoftware.net
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Ok, so memory performance is not top notch. We find the X58-USB3 at the bottom of the list at stock and almost at the bottom for overclocked performance. This will probably show up again in later testing unless we have some outstanding HDD performance to balance things out.

 


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

 

Looks like we could have some latency and base read issues here. However, the good news is that some of this can be fixed with updated BIOSes. So we have a feeling these numbers will improve over time.

 


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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The X58-USB3 did much better than we expected here. We would expect to see some good HDD performance to balance out the lower than expected memory speed we saw above.

 

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