ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard - Synthetic System, CPU and Memory

Article Index
ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard
Closer Look at the H55DE3
H55DE3 Features and Specs
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 DDR3-1600 setting.

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

 PCMark Vantage
PCMark Comparison

PCMark Vantage OC
PCMark Overclocked

   

Other X58 systems were running very similar hardware - other than the SSD.  This drive makes a huge difference on system performance overall.  I was impressed to see how it scales when compared to "faster" systems that are using traditional hard drives.

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.

Everest
Everest
SiSoft Bandwidth
SiSoft Bandwidth
 SiSoft Latency
SiSoft Latency

 

Everest numbers are compared with the EVGA X58 and ASRock X58 motherboards that use the same memory - only we are limited to dual-channel with the H55DE3 - not triple-channel as with the X58 solutions.  You can see that the H55 lags slightly behind in all tests.   This is expected as we could potentially see a 33% decrease in memory performance when compared to triple-channel.  Either way the H55DE3 holds its own and shows quite well.  All memory settings above remained exactly the same for stock performance and are indicated in the overclocked settings.


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 is interesting as it shows that in purely CPU related benchmarks, the faster clocked Core i7 860 can edge out the slightly slower Core i7 920.  Also, the Core i7 920 overclocks slightly better and this enables the X58 systems to take the lead when it comes to overclocked performance.

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