ASRock 890GX Extreme 4 Motherboard - Real World Application Benchmarks

Article Index
ASRock 890GX Extreme 4 Motherboard
Closer Look at the Extreme 4
890GX Extreme 4 Features and Specs
BIOS and Overclocking
Test Setup, HDD Testing and More
Synthetic System, CPU and More
Real World Application Benchmarks
Game Performance and Final Thoughts
 

Cinebench 11.5:

It's no secret that 3D Rendering and modeling through programs like 3DStudioMax, Blender and others are very CPU intensive.  Of course with all the stream processors available in today's graphics cards, some of heavy workload is now being offloaded to the GPU, but a good 3D program can bring a system to its knees - especially when rendering lighting effects and very smooth models.  We've put the latest Cinebench 11.5 to the test and dropped the older versions as part of our updated motherboard testing suite.  This program lists results for the CPU as well as OpenGL performance which relies heavily on the graphics system.  We included both CPU and OpenGL tests from the 890FX Deluxe 4 motherboard (although only CPU results are really relevant) as well as integrated GPU tests from the 890GX motherboard - in addition to the Radeon HD 5870 results.

Cinebench

 

While the integrated HD 4290 is a workable GPU, it lacks when it come to GPU-assisted 3D-rendering.  the CPU is slightly faster.  Ouch.

 

Next up we look at a couple of conversion programs - DVDShrink and x.264HD.  Both of these programs support multi-core and while DVDShrink was ran only at stock speed, we pulled out the stops and ran x.264HD at both overclocked and stock speeds. 

DVD Shrink
x264

 

DVDShrink is multi-threaded as is x.264HD.  We should see pretty good gains in the 6-Core CPU performance, and we certainly do in DVDShrink.  x.264HD still favors the Core i7 system running at insane 4.2GHz speeds.  it does beat out the Core i7 860 system though.