Our primary test setup consisted of an Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition engineering sample, an Intel X-25M 80GB SSD [with new firmware], 3x2 GB OCZ Platinum DDR3-1333, a Zotac GeForce GTX 285 card and a 1200 Watt Silverstone Zeus power supply. All test runs were done using Microsoft Windows Vista x64 SP2. To get a more accurate result of the capabilities of the boards, we used an Intel Core i7 920 2.66 GHz retail processor when looking at the ability to overclock.
Do note that the board was also used in our overclocking session with three EVGA GeForce GTX285 1GB in 3-Way SLI mode, three ATI Radeon HD 4890. If you missed that article, we would advise you to go to BSO* bathes EVGA Classified 760 in Liquid Nitrogen
SiSoft Sandra 2009 is a synthetic benchmark evaluates performance in terms of specific tasks such as processor arithmetic values and memory bandwidth. Inching ahead in either category here is indicative of how much work was put in optimizing sub-routines as well as memory sub-timings.
As probably could be expected the Classified E760 takes the lead here, although by a very small margin - followed ever so closely by its ASUS counterpart.
Checking out memory bandwidth, the X58 motherboards line up similarly to the arithmetic results. Even the AsRock is putting out numbers keeping up with the rest of the pack. The tendency continues as we look at Lavalys Everest; the Gigabyte is picking up speed and the AsRock can still keep up.
The Cinebench rendering benchmark shows us the relative difference in rendering with one CPU core as well as simultaneous multi-threaded processing.
Interestingly enough, at least to me, the Gigabyte isn’t keeping up yet - its boards are usually quite optimized with regards to memory sub-timings. Just like we saw in SiSoft Sandra and Everest, the ASUS and EVGA are close to evenly matched, yet tilting the scale in favor of the EVGA Classified E760.
No benchmarking would be complete without throwing in a few numbers from Futuremark, thus PCMark Vantage is next up. The test suites cover gaming, productivity, and many other aspects.
Again we see the EVGA Classified nudging ahead of the competition, leaving the Gigabyte on par with the ASUS board. Sticking with Futuremark products, here is how the boards ranked in with the Performance preset of 3DMark Vantage.
In 3DMark Vantage we are looking into how well the system handles overall gaming performance, and--truth be told--there is again little differences in our results. EVGA comes out on top with a result nearly similar to its immediate competitor from ASUS, and the Gigabyte falls short again. The AsRock is still trailing behind the rest of the field, but is now closer than ever.
Running our X58 line up through a round of Far Cry 2 yielded a more surprising result as both the EVGA and ASUS achieved the exact same average frame rate per second.
However, when attempting the same in Crysis the differences are more apparent and the EVGA is reduced to second place with the ASUS coming out on top.
What really makes the boards stand out from each other is in terms of overclocking results, as the EVGA Classified E760 is truly in its element leaving the competition gasping for air. Note that we tested both their ability to overclock with the BIOS left on all auto settings and compared it to using specialized settings.
In order to simplify the top base clocks achieved with custom BIOS settings, a base clock value of 247 means our Core i7 920 was running close to 5.2 GHz while the 230 of the Gigabyte “only” leaves us with a speed of 4.83 GHz.
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