|Gigabyte H55N-USB3 Mini-ITX Motherboard
Featured Reviews: Motherboards
| Written by Servando Silva
|Sunday, 11 July 2010
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Passmark Performance Test Benchmark
PassMark Performance Test 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 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
- Image Rotation
- String Sorting
Taken together as a whole, the eight separate CPU tests offer a very realistic segment of what taxes the processor most for users. These tests are grossly exaggerated synthetic benchmarks, but they can still help illustrate the difference between similar hardware.
Passmark Performance CPU tests reinforce what we've got in Everest benchmarks. Again, the H55 mini-ITX platform outperforms the ION 330 by more than 4x times while it takes a 33% advantage over the Core i3 mobile system. Overclocking boosts the score by almost 30% but this is very normal as it's the same result we have obtained in the past tests. Controversially, the 2D and 3D results show the Core i3 Intel GMA HD graphics unit performing almost 3 times better than the ION 330, and this isn't really true. We'll probe this on the next benchmark with a real game.
Finally, the Memory test shows reasonable results considering the bandwidth used by each platform. Passmark Memory test shows a boost when the memory frequency is higher, and so the results conform this by showing a better scoring desktop platform against the ASRock Core 100HT. Let's take a look at a gaming benchmark to see how well this CPU performance is translated in the graphical world.