In Cinebench, the pattern continued. We saw a decent performance increase from the GA-X79-UD7 when compared to the Intel DX79SI. The UD7 scored a 10.41 points compared to the DX79SI’s 9.68. Interestingly enough, Intel's board came in slightly lower once again even though we were using the same hardware and only switched motherboards.PCMark 7
In PCMark 7, we saw a similar trend comparing the Intel board with the X79-UD7. The UD7 performed better, and with a sufficiently large margin to be a considerable victory. In this case, the UD7 beat out the DX79SI by about 7%. It should be once again noted that all the components and settings in the system remained the same, except for the motherboard.3DMark 11
With 3DMark 11, we did not expect to see much of a difference, since this test is mostly GPU related and we used the same graphics card for both motherboard tests. As expected, the graphics scores were very close but the physics (CPU) scores were where the differences were apparent. The GA-X79-UD7 scored a E9143 compared to a E9005 on the Intel DX79SI. However, this is a fairly minute difference, and is what we would normally expect the difference to be between a reference board and a high-end board. Here are our subsequent Performance and Extreme results as well (more GPU bound than CPU bound).
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