Performance Testing Results
Let’s start with a good synthetic test like AIDA64. As usual I’ll be doing Queen, Photoworx, ZLIB, and Hash benchmarks.
With the Queen test, we see a nice scaling with CPU frequency, as expected. Since Queen saturates all the cores, the results for the DIP 5 optimization aren’t quite as good as those for my manual tune, since the DIP 5 settings run the cores are 4.3GHz when more than four are loaded.
Photoworxx is relatively insensitive to CPU speed, but really likes memory bandwidth, so the TPU II setting posts the highest score here. It’s hundreds of megaHertz slower than the DIP 5 or manual settings, but it’s running the Corsair memory’s XMP profile, which boosts the memory speed from 2,133MHz to 2,666MHz.
Next are the ZLIB and Hash benchmarks, all of which scale nicely with CPU frequency. Let’s take a look at CINEBENCH next…
Again, nice scaling directly with CPU speed. Since this is a single-core test, both the DIP 5 and manual settings are running at 4.4GHz, so I’m a little curious about that 3% difference, which was consistent across multiple runs.
The multi-core test shows scaling with frequency. Last, let’s run the x264HD transcoding benchmark:
Again, very nice scaling with CPU frequency. One thing to take away from these tests are how close the auto overclocking performed with AI Suite 3 came to the settings I achieved manually. I have never had any auto overclocking mechanism ever get this close to the best manual overclock I could achieve.
Join me in the next section as I lay out my final thoughts on this motherboard.