ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard - Synthetic System, CPU and Memory

Article Index
ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard
Close Look at the ASRock X58 SuperComputer
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

Synthetic Performance:

To start things off we'll take a look at PCMark Vantage numbers.  This entire system is very similar to the one we built for the Core i7 920 review as previously mentioned and it's very interesting to see how it compares straight across with the EVGA X58 motherboard.  We've dropped out the Phenom and Phenom II performance numbers for this review and compared the motherboards alone with the same CPU installed.  It's a pretty close comparison for the most part, but tests that use the graphics subsystem will be a little off as we had to replace the HD4850 Crossfire setup with a single HD4870.

PCMark

As you can see above, the ASRock board edges out the EVGA board in HDD, Games, Memory and in total score.  On the flip side, EVGA takes the lead on the Productivity, Communications, Music and TV.  The difference favors the ASRock board though and it is the "winner".

To gauge memory performance we used Everest Ultimate and SiSoft Sandra.  These numbers are gleaned from the Crucial Ballistix Tracer 6GB Kit review.  If you want to compare your triple-channel DDR3 performance, you can head on over and grab SiSoft Sandra here and compare away.  Please keep in mind that if you are using a dual-channel kit, your performance numbers will look dismal.

Benchmarking - Everest:

Because there is a lot of system tweaking that goes along with clocking up memory to non-standard speeds, we haven't included any "real-world" benchmarks.  In order to get the memory to run at speeds other than 1066MHz, 1333MHz, 1600MHz or 1866MHz the motherboard bus and CPU must be clocked up in order to achieve these speeds.  As we've shown before the CPU plays a huge roll in benchmark performance and so it's not fair to compare WinRAR compression when the CPU is clocked up 400MHz faster.  Of course the "RAM" will look faster, but in reality the CPU is the one doing the work.  For this reason we use two simply synthetic benchmarks to show memory performance.  How it affects performance in the real-world will depend largely on CPU, motherboard and other hardware bottlenecks so we have to be content with synthetic benchmarks to gain our number metric.  First up is Everest.

 Everest

 

The memory performance of both of these systems is very good, but the EVGA board edges out the ASRock SuperComputer in this test.  In some of the tests, the performance is quite noticeable even though the timings are all set the same at 8-8-8-24 1T.

 SiSoft Bandwidth
SiSoft Bandwidth
SiSoft Latency
SiSoft Latency

 

SiSoft shows memory performance that is basically identical between systems.  The biggest difference is at the overclocked settings and the ASRock takes the lead by 0.58GB/sec.  I think it's safe to say, it's pretty much a draw.  What does take the lead and the cake is the performance over 1821MHz CL8.

 

Finally we take a look at PMCore - a program that calculates prime numbers.  This program is multi-threaded and we used it to calculate 10,000 prime numbers.  The results below are in minutes:seconds.tenths.

 PMCore

The ASRock X58 edges out the EVGA X58 in single-threaded performance, but EVGA brings home the bacon with multi-threaded performance.  No clear winner here.

On the next page we'll carry on with some real-world application tests before we go gaming with this motherboard.