ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard - Real World Application Benchmarks

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

Cinebench and POV-RAY:

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 Cinebench 9.6 x64 as well as Cinebench R10 x64 to the test on both the Phenom II and Core i7 systems and threw in POV-Ray for good measure.  All of these programs can be run on a single core, or multiple cores to speed up the work process.

 Cinebench 9
Cinebench 9.6
 Cinebench 10
Cinebench 10

POV-Ray  

The EVGA board dominates the Cinebench 9.6 review, but the ASRock board wins more of the Cinebench 10 tests.  Performance swings back to EVGA for the POV-Ray benchmark.  No clear winner, but the EVGA board wins more of the rendering tests.


Next up we look at a couple of conversion programs - ConvertXDVD from VSO-Software as well as DVDShrink.  Both of these programs support multi-core and were ran at stock speeds only on the Core i7 system.  As you can see, the ASRock X58 setup edges out the EVGA board in ConvertX, but lags a few seconds in DVDShrink.

 ConvertX
ConvertX
DVDShrink
DVDShrink

 

As we carry on through the benchmarks, we stop in for a bit to look at PhotoShop CS2 and DriverHeaven's PSBench 3.0.  Instead of breaking all the rendering and filtering operations down, we've posted the total score.  In both overclocked and stock tests, the ASRock X58 SuperComputer takes the cake and beats out the EVGA board by a measurable margin.

 Photoshop

Finally, we take a look at some video encoding through the x.264 and x.264HD benchmarks.  These programs are multi-threaded and take advantage of fast clock speeds, hyperthreading and a fast subsystem.  It's incredible to see this system crank out HD video encoding at an insane 68.2FPS.   That is just under 3x real-time speeds of a 24FPS HD video.  As you notice below, the EVGA board pulls a few frames per second faster.

x264

As we carry on to the next page, we'll take a look at gaming performance on the X58 EVGA motherboard.