|MSI Z68A-GD80 Intel Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 01 June 2011|
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AIDA64 Extreme Edition Results
AIDA64 Extreme Edition is the evolution of Lavalys' "Everest Ultimate Edition". Hungarian developer FinalWire acquired the rights to Everest in late November 2010, and renamed the product "AIDA64". The Everest product was discontinued and FinalWire is offering 1-year license keys to those with active Everest keys.
AIDA64 is a full 64-bit benchmark and test suite utilizing MMX, 3DNow! and SSE instruction set extensions, and will scale up to 32 processor cores. An enhanced 64-bit System Stability Test module is also available to stress the whole system to its limits. For legacy processors, all benchmarks and the System Stability Test are available in 32-bit versions as well. Additionally, AIDA64 adds new hardware to its database, including 300 solid-state drives. On top of the usual ATA auto-detect information the new SSD database enables AIDA64 to display flash memory type, controller model, physical dimensions, and data transfer performance data. AIDA64 v1.00 also implements SSD-specific SMART disk health information for Indilinx, Intel, JMicron, Samsung, and SandForce controllers.
All of the benchmarks used in this test- Queen, Photoworxx, ZLib, hash, and AES- rely on basic x86 instructions, and consume very little system memory while also being aware of Hyper-Threading, multi-processors, and multi-core processors. Of all the tests in this review, AIDA64 is the one that best isolates the processor's performance from the rest of the system. While this is useful in that it more directly compares processor performance, readers should remember that virtually no "real world" programs will mirror these results.
The results of the stock-clocked systems and the i-Mode Z68A-GD80 are all within 1% or so of each other, showing that in these tests the Z68 chipset performs the same as the older P67 chipset. Once we start overclocking, though, performance differences become apparent. What's interesting here is that the Z68A with the "OC Genie" overclock outperforms my significantly faster manual overclock in the PhotoWorxx and AES benchmarks. The difference? The OC Genie overclocks the iGPU as well as the CPU. That said, neither of these tests use the GPU, so there's some synergy going on inside the 2600K that I don't understand.
Here we see the effect of overclocking. Although the visual difference of the ZLIB numbers are small due to scaling, the OC Genie overclock picks up over 17%, while my manual overclock is 42% faster. In the Hash benchmark, OC Genie gains 20% and the manual overclock gains 41%.