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ASUS M5A97 Evo (AMD 970) Motherboard Review - System Benchmarks

We check out the cheapest Bulldozer supported board so far. Let's find out how the ASUS M5A97 Evo goes.

By: | Socket AM3/AM3+ in Motherboards | Posted: Nov 11, 2011 3:36 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ASUS

PCMark 7

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.04

Developer Homepage: http://www.pcmark.com

Product Homepage: http://www.pcmark.com

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PCMark 7 includes a range of tests that give different views of your system's performance. In the Advanced Edition you can choose which tests to run. The common use and hardware component tests are unavailable in the Basic Edition.

 

Overall system performance is measured by the PCMark test. This is the only test that returns an official PCMark score. The Lightweight test measures the system capabilities of entry-level systems and mobility platforms unable to run the PCMark test, but it does not generate a PCMark score. Common use performance is measured by the scenario tests - Entertainment, Creativity and Production - each of which results in a scenario score. Hardware component performance is measured by the hardware tests - Computation and Storage - each of which results in a hardware score.

 

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MediaEspresso

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 6.5

Developer Homepage: http://www.cyberlink.com/

Product Homepage: http://www.cyberlink.com/products/mediaespresso/overview_en_AU.html?fileName=overview&r=1

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MediaEspresso is a blazingly fast media universal converter that can transcode your videos, photos and music files and out put them to a huge range of portable devices including mobile phones, portable media players and even game consoles. With technologies like Smart Detect, Direct Sync and CyberLink's TrueTheater™ video enhancements, you can not only forget about complicated format, resolution and output settings, but your converted file will come out the other side looking better than when it went in!

 

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Looking at PCMark 7 and MediaEspresso, we can again see performance lines up with our more expensive boards. We can again see a nice boost in performance when we overclock and the best gain as always is seen in MediaEspresso where we manage to shave a nice chunk of time off our encode process.

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