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GIGABYTE MD70-HB0 (Intel C612) Server Motherboard Review

By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Feb 19, 2015 3:12 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

AIDA64

 

AIDA64 memory bandwidth benchmarks (Memory Read, Memory Write, and Memory Copy) measure the maximum achievable memory data transfer bandwidth.

 

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Memory bandwidth for the MD70-HB0 is improved over the MD60-SC0, and shows good memory write numbers.

 

 

Linpack

 

The Intel optimized LINPACK benchmark is a generalization of the LINPACK 1000 benchmark. It solves a dense (real*8) system of linear equations (Ax=b), measures the amount of time it takes to factor and solve the system, converts that time into a performance rate, and tests the results for accuracy.

 

LINPACK is a measure of a computer's floating-point rate of execution ability and measured in GFLOPS (Floating-point Operations per Second); ten-billion FLOPS = ten GFLOPS. LINPACK is a very heavy compute application that can take advantage of the new AVX2 instruction. As it puts a very high load on the system, it is also a good stress test program.

 

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In LINPACK, the MD70-HB0 motherboard shows average bandwidth numbers, but still has strong numbers while running at lower power.

 

Even small increases in scores show a big improvement in performance. Certain parts of this test rely on storage, so using setups with SSDs and RAID 0 would increase those scores.

 

 

Geekbench - Stream

 

Geekbench 3 is Primate Labs' cross-platform processor benchmark, with a new scoring system that separates single-core and multi-core performance, and new workloads that simulate real-world scenarios. It also includes STREAM based memory tests which we will include on our reviews.

 

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Here we are looking at the single-core STREAM memory tests. Bandwidth shows improved numbers over the MD60-SC0.

 

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Now we are looking at multi-core STREAM tests. The MD70-HB0 turned out to be well-suited for multi-threaded memory bandwidth results in this test. It ranks at the highest shown so far; this is very good for the MD70-HB0 running at a lower-power state.

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