|Intel Core i7 CPU & DX58SO X58 Platform|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Miles Cheatham - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 03 November 2008|
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SANDRA 2009 System Tests
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, etc.
As might be expected the Intel Core i7 based systems literally trounced the X3350 based system by a margin of around 40% for the Core i7-920 to greater than 60% for the Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition.
The on die memory processor incorporated in all of the Intel Core i7 based systems really shows its merit by more than doubling the score of the X3350 based system which uses the conventional motherboard based northbridge controller.
Of course it's not fair to compare a standard hard drive to a solid state drive! Again I repeat we're looking at what is obviously going to be the future and comparing it to what is currently the status quo. The Intel High Performance SATA SSD X25-M 80GB drive more than triples the performance speed of today's average conventional platter based drives. The current drawbacks to solid state drives is that they are still extremely expensive and their size can't near the storage capability of today's conventional drive.