Author: Dennis Garcia
Gigabyte X58A-OC Overclocking Motherboard Review
Author: Dennis Garcia
Published: Friday, July 29, 2011
Benchmarks - Real World
Unreal Tournament 3
UT3 is the fourth game in the Unreal Tournament series. It has no story mode gameplay and is exclusively designed for multiplayer action. While the gameplay and weapons are similar to the UT2004 counterpart, the gaming engine is all new. For this benchmark, we're using the UT3Bench tool from Guru3D, and CarbonFire Botmatch to record framerates. The resolution was set to 800x600 to minimize any performance gains from the video card.
Crysis is based in a fictional future where an ancient alien spacecraft has been discovered beneath the Earth on an island near the coast of China. Crysis uses Microsoft's new DirectX 10 for graphics rendering, and includes the same editor that was used by Crytek to create the game. Consider it the pretty version of Far Cry.
Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare
Call of Duty 4 is a very fast paced first person shooter based on modern warfare tactics and weapons. The game is based on DirectX 9 technology and really shows that game developers can make incredible looking games using older technology. For this benchmark we are using a custom timedemo that was recorded during an actual online multiplayer game. The demo is then replayed as a benchmark in the game with the average FPS recorded at the end.
XviD Movie Encoding Test: This is a new test that was added to cover other sections of real-world performance. The test consists of a simple task of encoding a DVD rip from VOB to AVI with AutoGK 2.45 using the XviD codec. The movie used is the first chapter of Dirty Pair Flash #2 and consisted of 40104 frames. The time shown is how many frames per second were processed during the first pass to encode the video files.
Bapco SYSmark 2007 Preview
Bapco SYSmark 2007 is a true real-world benchmarking suite that tests whole system performance by running through a series of real programs while recording the results. These programs include: Adobe After Effects 7, Adobe Illustrator CS2, Adobe Photoshop CS2, AutoDesk 3ds Max 8, Macromedia Flash 8, Microsoft Excel 2003, Microsoft Outlook 2003, Microsoft PowerPoint 2003, Microsoft Word 2003, Microsoft Project 2003, Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 9 series, Sony Vegas 7, SketchUp 5, WinZip 10.0
Futuremark PCMark Vantage
PCMark Vantage is a system benchmark from the makers of 3DMark. It uses a variety of 2d tests to determine an overall computer score based on your system configuration. The PCMark score is completely portable however to recreate it the score completely you will need almost identical hardware.
Real World Conclusion
Our real world benchmarks are designed to illustrate a cross section in performance that covers gaming, video encoding, content creation and everyday office applications. Our results are pretty straight forward but differ slightly from the synthetic tests. You will notice that the X58A-OC is faster than the R3E reference system despite using the same hardware. Looking back over the CPU-Z shots we can see the X58A-OC is running a default 26x multi but with the Synthetic scores being virtually identical we cannot assume this is the only difference.