|Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Mathew Williams|
|Monday, 20 July 2009|
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PCMark05 Benchmark Results
Using synthetic benchmarks to compare one product to another has some distinct advantages when testing similar hardware, yet I have never found myself completely satisfied by the process. I have come to understand that they're important for comparing "apples to apples", and that the results are usually very consistent. But as with any synthetic benchmark, the numbers can often mean very little more than just numbers. We don't take a high score on a synthetic benchmark to mean that a product will/should perform well, and neither should you. The difference between projected performance and actual performance is the difference between fire and the fire-fly.
PCMark is a series of computer benchmark tools developed by Futuremark. The tools are designed to test the performance of the user's CPU, read/write speeds of RAM and hard drives. We have used these tests to simulate a battery of applications and tasks, which will produce results we can compare to other systems using similar hardware.
The results of PCMark05 are somewhat contradictory to what we saw in EVEREST. The overall scores are fairly close, but the Gigabyte MA790X-UD4P manages to pull ahead, with the MA770T-UD3P posting a decent second place. Surprisingly, the DDR2-based MA790X-UD4P also takes first place in the memory benchmark set, ahead of the DDR3 based boards. Finally, in the hard drive benchmarks, the MA770T-UD3P with its SB710 south bridge manages to tie up with the SB700 based Asus M3A78-EM. This is somewhat counter-intuitive, as we would expect the boards based on the SB750 to have an advantage here. That said, it appears the MA770T-UD3P is a well-rounded board, performing well in each benchmark set.