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ASUS Z97-DELUXE Motherboard Performance Review

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SPECViewPerf 11 Test Results

The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation is “…a non-profit corporation formed to establish, maintain and endorse a standardized set of relevant benchmarks that can be applied to the newest generation of high-performance computers.” Their free SPECviewperf benchmark incorporates code and tests contributed by several other companies and is designed to stress computers in a reproducible way. SPECviewperf 11 was released in June 2010 and incorporates an expanded range of capabilities and tests. Note that results from previous versions of SPECviewperf cannot be compared with results from the latest version, as even benchmarks with the same name have been updated with new code and models.

SPECviewperf comprises test code from several vendors of professional graphics modeling, rendering, and visualization software. Most of the tests emphasize the CPU over the graphics card, and have between 5 and 13 sub-sections. For this review I ran the Lightwave, Maya, and Seimens Teamcenter Visualization tests. Results are reported as abstract scores, with higher being better.

Lightwave

The lightwave-01 viewset was created from traces of the graphics workloads generated by the SPECapc for Lightwave 9.6 benchmark. The models for this viewset range in size from 2.5 to 6 million vertices, with heavy use of vertex buffer objects (VBOs) mixed with immediate mode. GLSL shaders are used throughout the tests. Applications represented by the viewset include 3D character animation, architectural review, and industrial design.

Maya

The maya-03 viewset was created from traces of the graphics workload generated by the SPECapc for Maya 2009 benchmark. The models used in the tests range in size from 6 to 66 million vertices, and are tested with and without vertex and fragment shaders. State changes such as those executed by the application- including matrix, material, light and line-stipple changes- are included throughout the rendering of the models. All state changes are derived from a trace of the running application.

Siemens Teamcenter Visualization Mockup

The tcvis-02 viewset is based on traces of the Siemens Teamcenter Visualization Mockup application (also known as VisMockup) used for visual simulation. Models range from 10 to 22 million vertices and incorporate vertex arrays and fixed-function lighting. State changes such as those executed by the application- including matrix, material, light and line-stipple changes- are included throughout the rendering of the model. All state changes are derived from a trace of the running application.

SPECviewperf

Lightwave scales nicely, although Maya and TCVIS seem bound more by the video card than the CPU. In the next section I’ll try some video transcoding…


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  1. RealNeil

    Very expensive buying into this platform. My Z87 board is looking good enough to me at the moment. I’ll wait for something drastic by way of new technology before I buy again.

  2. David Ramsey

    As I said in my review: “If you have a Z87 or even a Z77 based motherboard, there’s little compelling reason to upgrade.”

    About the only reason I could see jumping to a Z97 system is if you had a need for the SATA Express support.

  3. SH

    I have the Z97 Pro. Do I need to turn the switches on the motherboard off in order to use the Asus AI Suite auto tune feature?

  4. David Ramsey

    No. My understanding is that the switches are read at power-on by the BIOS, but if you’ve made subsequent modifications either manually or via ASUS’ auto-tune utilities, those will take precedence.

    1. SH

      Thank you for your reply, I always got an overclocking error whenever I tried to overclock using software with the switches on, I will be trying with the switches off and find out if I have a bad board or RAM. I’ll post my results.

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