|Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 25 February 2010|
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PCMark Vantage Test Results
PCMark Vantage is an objective hardware performance benchmark tool for PCs running 32 and 64 bit versions of Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7. PCMark Vantage is perfectly suited for benchmarking any type of Microsoft Windows Vista/7 PC from multimedia home entertainment systems and laptops to dedicated workstations and hi-end gaming rigs. Benchmark Reviews has decided to use a few select tests from the suite to test the X58-Express platform in this article. Our tests were conducted on 64-bit Windows 7, with results displayed in the charts below.
TV and Movies Suite
The tests in the TV and Movies Suite have been selected to represent the Windows Vista TV and Movies Consumer Scenario. The combination of test sets covers the common TV and Movies usage. The TV and Movies Suite gives a separate PCMark TV and Movies Score which does not affect the overall PCMark Score. TV and Movies Suite include the following tests:
The tests in the Gaming Suite have been selected to represent the Windows Vista Gaming Consumer Scenario. The combination of test sets covers the common Gaming usage. The Gaming Suite gives a separate PCMark Gaming Score which does not affect the overall PCMark Score. Gaming Suite includes the following tests:
The tests in the Music Suite have been selected to represent the Windows Vista Music Consumer Scenario. The combination of test sets covers the common Music usage. The Music Suite gives a separate PCMark Music Score which does not affect the overall PCMark Score. Music Suite includes the following tests:
Using the same GeForce GTX 285 video card with Forceware 196.21 driver and 1333MHz DDR3 memory kit with CL 7-7-7-20 timings between all motherboards, and aided by the OCZ Agility-EX SSD using TRIM/GC-enabled firmware 1.50, PCMark Vantage benchmark tests were repeated and averaged for the chart illustrated above.
Using the Gigabyte EX58-UD4P as a reference point, TV and Movies performance was improved by 1.9% with the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 motherboard with output further increased by the ASUS P6X58D-Premium. Gaming and Music benchmark tests showed a 3.41% benefit to the Gigabyte X58A-UD7, while the ASUS P6X58D-Premium delivered an additional performance boost. While these synthetic results are all slightly different in final score, the differences are negligible and unlikely to be perceivable in real-world applications.
NOTICE: Because Award BIOS software is used on Gigabyte motherboards and American Megatrends is utilized by ASUS motherboard products, it's difficult to guarantee that processor and memory hardware configuration settings precisely match each other between manufacturers. Minor differences in clock speed rendering or deep-set advanced memory timing latency may account for performance differences within a small margin of error.