|Gigabyte H55N-USB3 Mini-ITX Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Servando Silva|
|Sunday, 11 July 2010|
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EVEREST Benchmark Results
EVEREST Ultimate Edition is an industry leading system diagnostics and benchmarking solution for enthusiasts PC users, based on the award-winning EVEREST Technology by Lavalys. During system optimizations and tweaking it provides essential system and overclock information, advanced hardware monitoring and diagnostics capabilities to check the effects of the applied settings. CPU, FPU and memory benchmarks are available to measure the actual system performance and compare it to previous states or other systems. Furthermore, complete software, operating system and security information makes EVEREST Ultimate Edition a comprehensive system diagnostics tool that offers a total of 100 pages of information about your PC. All of the benchmarks used in our test bed: Queen, Photoworxx, and AES, rely on basic x86 instructions, and consume very low system memory while also being aware of Hyper Threading, multi-processors, and multi-core processors.
Everest CPU Queen benchmark shows a very nice performance scaling within CPU frequency. The Core i3 330M practically doubles the performance of the Atom 330, but still can't compete with the desktop version which scores around 4k points more. When we overclock the Core i3 up to 3.8GHz we received a 30% performance boost on this test. In this benchmark, the GIGABYTE H55N-USB3 outperformed the ECS H55H-I by a little percentage. The Queen benchmark focuses on the branch prediction capabilities and misprediction penalties of the CPU. It does this by finding possible solutions to the classic queen problem on a chessboard. At the same clock speed theoretically the processor with the shorter pipeline and smaller misprediction penalties will attain higher benchmark scores.
The Photoworxx benchmark tests for penalties against pipeline architecture. This synthetic benchmark stresses the integer arithmetic and multiplication execution units of the CPU and also the memory subsystem. Due to the fact that this test performs high memory read/write traffic, it cannot effectively scale in situations where more than two processing threads are used. The EVEREST Photoworxx benchmark performs the following tasks on a very large RGB image:
The Everest documentation hints that this benchmark is highly dependent on memory write speed, and so, it seems to be the practical case of the results obtained. Additional CPU frequency and memory bandwidth also increased the results by 19%.
The AES integer benchmark measures CPU performance using AES data encryption. It utilizes Vincent Rijmen, Antoon Bosselaers and Paulo Barreto's public domain C code in ECB mode and consumes only 48 MB of memory. The AES test produced closed results between the ECS H55H-I and the GIGABYTE H55N-USB3, leaving out of the game the ASRock ION 330 and the Core 100HT. Once the i3 gets overclocked, it leaves behind the competition by 30%, similar to the CPU Queen results.
Zip Library Benchmark reports very similar results as we've seen them in the AES and CPU Queen Benchmarks. The H55+Core i3 combo almost triples Intel Atom's performance, and gets a 30% boost over the ASRock Core 100HT. Again, overclocking gives a consistent 30% boost against the non-oveclocked results.
Now, let's look at some additional benchmarks with PCMark Vantage.