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.
You know, we said it before; the fact that we had to use IDE compatibility mode is going to hurt. Here is the proof. The PCMark Vantage scores are just disappointing. I really hope that GIGABYTE can fix this issue with a BIOS update soon.
For synthetic gaming tests we used the industry standard and overlockers bragging tool 3DMark 11. 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 V11 uses the DX11 API in addition to having support for CPU based Physics. Gone are the days of the PhysX inclusion giving you inflated scores.
Although the performance difference is only a handful of points, the X58A-OC does manage to hit the high points on our chart. It looks like this is one test that GIGABYTE intended the X58A-OC to run.
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.
In Cinebench the X58A-OC does fairly well. It is in the upper group for both stock and overclocked runs.