EVGA X58 3X SLI Motherboard - Test Setup, HDD Testing and More

Article Index
EVGA X58 3X SLI Motherboard
Close Look at the EVGA X58
X58 Features and Specifications
BIOS and Overclocking
Test Setup, HDD Testing and More
Synthetic System, CPU and Memory
Real World Application Benchmarks
Game Performance and Final Thoughts

Test System Specs:

Because we compared the Core i7 920 against the Phenom II 940 BE from AMD we have a couple of different test systems to go through.  Obviously, the motherboard and RAM will make a difference in performance as well, but this is a platform-to-platform comparison so there will be major differences between the two setups.  We did keep the graphics hardware the same though which is very important to keep in mind when considering the performance of our gaming tests.

Intel Core i7
2x Radeon HD 4850 Crossfire
Hard Drives
2x Seagate 200GB HDD RAID 0
Operating System
Windows Vista Ultimate x64 w/SP1
ATI Drivers
9.1 Drivers


Subsystem Tests - HDD:

We start off the subsystem testing with some HDD tests.  For the HDTach test below we used a RAID 0 stripe on a pair of older 200GB HDDs.  It's unfortunate that we didn't have any better drives on hand, although you can see the performance is still very good.




Subsystem Tests - Audio:

EVGA uses the ALC889 codec that is technically capable of 108dB signal-to-noise ratio. As you can see with all of the results below although the sound quality is labeled as "HD", you can see that the quality is not "high quality".  Even though it is capable of 192kHz audio, it doesn't do it that well.  The truth is that most people won't hear the difference when plugged into a $50 pair of speakers or $15 headphones, but for those of you that care about audio quality on the integrated audio, RightMark Audio Analyzer results are below.  We tested a few different bit and sampling rates and have posted the chart below for your viewing pleasure.


Subsystem Tests - Network:

One area that we have started testing is network performance.  It is easy for a company to claim great networking features as many users never test them out and are puzzled when they can only transfer files at a mere 250Mbit/sec on their 1000Mbit/sec NIC.  We use iPerf for testing network performance and on this board we tested out both wired and wireless performance.


In iPerf, we ran single threaded tests as well as a multi-threaded network test that used five streams at the same time.  Multi-threaded performance always looks better and shows how the network system will hold up when accessed from multiple machines at the same time.  Single thread performance shows client-to-client file sharing performance.

On the next page we'll cover some synthetic benchmarks relating to system performance and memory before we jump into real world tests and gaming.