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GIGABYTE GA-7PESH3 (Intel C602) Workstation Motherboard Review

By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Apr 7, 2014 2:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE



PassMark performance test runs 32 tests, including CPU, 2D and 3D graphics, disk, and memory tests, to come up with an overall system ranking that allows you to determine how fast your computer is in comparison with other systems.




In the Passmark tests, we find that higher stock speeds and better graphics score better. The GA-7PESH3 scored very well in this test but came in second place to a machine using E5-2670s.


Cinebench 11.5


Cinebench is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer's performance capabilities. The test scenario uses all of your system's processing power to render a photorealistic 3D scene. This scene makes use of various different algorithms to stress all available processor cores. You can also run this test with a single core mode to give a single core rating.




Again, we find the lower stock speeds of the E5-2697 V2s hold this board back in these benches, but it really takes off in the multi-threaded scores as we can see here. Having 48 threads is a real advantage here.


The GA-7PESH3 claimed the number one spot in this test also but only by a small amount.


Cinebench R15




Just like in the Cinebench 11.5 results, we see a slower single-threaded score and a much higher multi-threaded score.


In this test, the GA-7PESH3 took a strong lead. It really shows the extra performance gain of the E5-2697 V2s with the extra cores they have.




wPrime is a leading multithreaded benchmark for x86 processors that tests your processor performance. This is a great test to use to rate the system speed; it also works as a stress test to see how well the system cooling is performing.




In this test, we see the GA-7PESH3 is again faster and takes the lead in the dual-CPU category.




POV-Ray (Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer) creates three-dimensional, photo-realistic images using a rendering technique called ray tracing. Ray tracing is not a fast process by any means, but it produces very high quality images with realistic reflections, shading, perspective, and other effects.


This is a very good test to stress CPU threads and check memory stability and overclocks to see if the system is stable. The latest version, 3.6, is a free download and has a benchmark utility that we have run for these tests. Results displayed show the average PPS (pixels per second) that the render took.




Single-threaded higher clock speeds will generate higher scores with this bench, so a dual-CPU system does not help this benchmark much.


Here again, we see the GA-7PSH3 takes a strong lead in the dual-CPU category.


x264 HD


x264 HD Benchmark measures how fast your computer can encode a 1080p video clip into a high quality x264 video file. This benchmark uses multi-core/threaded systems very efficiently and is a good memory stability test.


Results in this test are the average of each pass performed four times.




The GA-7PESH3 came in a good second place in the test.




SPECwpc_v1.0.2 is a workstation benchmark that measures key aspects of workstation applications.




These tests do put a huge load on the system and take about 8 hours to run on this system. SPECwpc puts a heavy load on the GPU, as well.


In everything but general operations, the GA-7PESH3 with the pair of E5-2697 V2s has taken a strong lead.

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