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Passmark Performance Test Benchmark
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 Performance Memory Test looks at a variety of memory functions:
- Allocate Small Block
- Read Cached Memory
- Read Un-Cached Memory
- Write Memory
- Large RAM
It then calculates an overall performance number for Memory Marks. Unlike the Everest memory benchmarks, this test uses all available CPU cores. At similar clock speeds the Intel i5 beats the AMD 720BE by more than 35%. Even at it's base speed of 2.66 GHz, it has a 19% edge.
The CPU tests benchmark all the mathematical operations, compression, encryption, SSE, and 3DNow! instructions of modern processors. There are several areas of concentration for each benchmark, which are then combined into one compound score. This score is referred to as the CPU Mark, and is a composite of the following tests:
Floating Point Math
Find Prime Numbers
The CPU test shows a 62% performance gain for the P7P55D-E Pro at similar CPU clock speeds, but that gets narrowed down to a little over 20% if you factor out the difference in the number of cores. There's little doubt about the power of this platform, especially in CPU-bound applications or where memory performance has an impact. In a number of cases it surpasses the top-level X58 platform, except in the important area of PCI-e connectivity.
Let's take a look at two gaming benchmarks to see how well this CPU performance translated in the graphical world.