|Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 25 February 2010|
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Motherboard Testing Methodology
Benchmark results are only as good as their test methodology, and there are several different methods to compare product to one-another. Yet, even when you try to directly measure motherboard performance the features don't always stack up. Since processor compatibility changes across platforms, and firmware/driver updates change frequently, it's very difficult to compare motherboards in an "apples-to-apples" fashion. Still, we try.
Unless otherwise noted, exclusive P55 vs X58 comparisons use system memory configured to operate at 1333MHz on X58/P55-Express systems, with CL 7-7-7-20 timings. These are the specified memory speeds supported by the chipset, according to Intel. Unless noted, no overclock was given to any of the hardware and BIOS settings were matched as closely as possible.
At the start of all graphics tests, the previous display adapter driver is uninstalled and trace components are removed using Driver Cleaner Pro. We then restart the computer system to establish display adapter settings and define the monitor. Once the hardware is prepared, we begin our testing. To compare and contrast CPU- and GPU-dependency, Benchmark Reviews conducts testing at both the lowest- and highest-possible resolutions. Low display resolutions create a dependency on CPU performance, while high display resolutions place the load on GPU power.
Each benchmark test program begins after a system restart, and the very first result for every test will be ignored since it often only caches the test. Each test is completed five times, with the highest and lowest scored removed. The average results of the three remaining tests are displayed in our article.
Since all of the benchmarks we use for testing represent different game engine technology and graphic rendering processes, our battery of tests will provide a diverse range of results for you to gauge performance on your own computer system. Although many gamers and enthusiasts are still using Windows XP, Benchmark Reviews has made the switch to Microsoft Windows 7 as the Operating System of choice for our test platforms.
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.
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