|Intel DH67BL H67-Express Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Sunday, 02 January 2011|
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SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, etc.
The SANDRA DhryStone and Whetstone tests are CPU tests that run completely within the CPU + cache memory itself. These tests are perfect for seeing general efficiency per processing core. Dhrystone is basically a suite of arithmetic and string manipulating programs and is an older CPU tests. Even so, it remains a simple and accurate way to show RAW CPU processing performance. The whetstone benchmark primarily measures floating-point arithmetic performance.
The Dhrystone test suite results quite a large gap in performance between the DH67BL and the 890GX with the Sandy Bridge platform holding more than a 65% advantage over the AMD CPU. When compared to the X58 with the Core i7-920, the i5-2500K holds onto a lead of almost 4% in the Dhrystone tests.
The Whetstone tests put the 890GX Chipset a lot closer to the H67, this time only trailing by about 18%. Alternately, the DH67BL motherboard with the Core i5-2500K fails to supersede the Core i7-920 in the Whetstone tests, trailing by about 16%.
In the video memory bandwidth tests, the Intel HD Graphics solution falls far behind both the integrated graphics of the AMD 890GX chipset and the discrete graphics solution. Neither of the integrated graphics enjoy terribly high video memory bandwidth, which is to be expected since they both share memory with the system. The GT 430, with 1GB of dedicated DDR3 memory, doubles the bandwidth of both integrated solutions.
In testing the MPix/s of the GPU processes, nearly the same ratio is maintained. The Intel HD Graphics on the DH67BL motherboard are at the lowest performance, followed by the Radeon HD 4290 at a few MPix/s more. Again the GT 430 nearly doubles both integrated solutions.
The video transcode tests show a completely different story. Certainly taking from the system memory and almost undoubtedly using Turbo Boost, the Intel HD Graphics give us a much better performance than both the Radeon HD4290 and the GT 430 here.