|Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 Motherboard: P55 vs X58|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 24 September 2009|
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PassMark PerformanceTest is a PC hardware benchmark utility that allows a user to quickly assess the performance of their computer and compare it to a number of standard 'baseline' computer systems. The Passmark PerformanceTest CPU tests all benchmark the mathematical operations, compression, encryption, SSE, and 3DNow! instructions of modern processors. In our tests there were several area's of concentration for each benchmark, which are combined into one compound score. This score is referred to as the CPU Mark, and is a composite of the following tests:
Taken together as a whole, the eight separate CPU tests offers a very realistic segment of what taxes the processor most for users. The tests are grossly exaggerated synthetic benchmarks, but they can still help illustrate the difference.
With a composite score of 5055 for the Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 motherboard paired with the Intel Core i7-860, a near 10% lead over the X58/i7-920 was attained.
The Passmark PerformanceTest memory benchmarks are included for illustration, since the system memory bandwidth offers a very minor impact on gaming performance and real-world experience. Similar to EVEREST, PerformanceTest favors dual-channel reads from same-speed and latency system memory. Write performance is slightly more opposite, but overall the results favor the dual-channel Intel Core i7-860 over the triple-channel Core i7-920.