ASRock P45X3 Deluxe Motherboard - Synthetic System, CPU and Memory

Article Index
ASRock P45X3 Deluxe Motherboard
Closer Look at the P45X3 Deluxe
P45X3 Features and Specifications
BIOS and Overclocking
Test Setup, HDD Testing and More
Synthetic System, CPU and Memory
Real World Apps and Gaming
Final Thoughts and Score

Synthetic Performance:

To start things off we'll take a look at PCMark Vantage numbers.  This system is pretty standard and is by all means a mainstream system.  The only edge it has over other systems is the speedy 128GB SSD.  We won't be comparing this setup to other systems, but we will be comparing stock and overclocked performance in a few tests.  Memory tests are taken at DDR3-1333 setting.

As you can see in PCMark Vantage below, the HDD performance is definitely the fastest part of the system.

PCMark Vantage

 

To gauge memory performance we used Everest Ultimate and SiSoft Sandra.  This memory is the same Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3 memory that we tested on the Core i7 platform.  It shows you how much difference there is between Core i7 and Core 2 Duo platform in terms of memory bandwidth.   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 & SiSoft:

There is a lot of system tweaking that goes along with clocking up memory to non-standard speeds and because of this we haven't included any "real-world" memory 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.  Both Everest and SiSoft performance is shown in the chart below.

 Memory
Memory

 

Memory timings were 7-7-7-21 1T at 1333MHz (Stock) and 8-8-8-24 1T at 1733MHz for the overclocked results.  the 400MHz bump in speed help overall bandwidth - even though the timings are slower.


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
PMCore

 

The Core 2 Duo E8400 and ASRock P45X3 Deluxe put up respectable numbers in this benchmark.  They certainly don't compete with a Core i7 system, but the entire system costs much less than half that of the Nehalem.

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