|Biostar TA890GXB-HD mATX AMD Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Monday, 31 May 2010|
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Passmark Benchmark Results
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 areas 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: Integer Math, Floating Point Math, Find Prime Numbers, SSE/3DNow!, Compression, Encryption, Image Rotation, and String Sorting. For this review, we've also decided to run the memory benchmark, which results in a composite score based on the following tests: small block allocation, cached read, uncached read, write performance, and large block allocation.
The Passmark CPU tests give about a 6% advantage to the ASUS motherboard. While this could, again, be attributed to the 20MHz additional clock speed, I am not so sure that is the case. In every single test we have looked at, the ASUS motherboard has outperformed the Biostar TA890GXB-HD, and with an older chipset. Unfortunately, the performance of the Biostar motherboard is just not holding up to par. It is always close, but one would expect the motherboard with the newer chipset to be the leader, even if slightly.
The memory tests for Passmark offer a similar story. The results are within 2% of each other, which is really far to close to actually notice a difference. But again, it is interesting that the ASUS motherboard gets higher marks than the TA890GXB-HD. The RAM clock speed and latencies were identical throughout all of the tests, so we can't claim that an extra 20MHz made the difference here.