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ASRock X79 Extreme4 (Intel X79) Motherboard Review - CPU Benchmarks

We look at our first ASRock X79 motherboard in the form of the brand new Extreme4. Let's find out what it's all about.

| Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 2:36 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ASRock

HyperPi 0.99

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 0.99

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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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AIDA64

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.00.1035BETA

Developer 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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Starting off under HyperPi and AIDA64, we can see that AIDA64 performance is strong as you'd expect. HyperPi performance seems to sit just a little back. Doing a couple of runs, the time was consistent, so we opened up CPU-Z and watched the CPU speed as we ran the test. It seems that the Turbo isn't as aggressive as the MSI and ASUS boards which tend to sit at 3.9GHz more often. Instead the ASRock board tended to sit around the 3.6GHz - 3.8GHz mark a lot more, resulting in our HyperPi score coming in a little lower. Just as you'd expect, though, when we increase the CPU speed, performance is increased in all our tests.

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