AIDA64 Benchmark Results
AIDA64 is a full 64-bit benchmark and test suite utilizing MMX, 3DNow! and SSE instruction set extensions, and will scale up to 32 processor cores. An enhanced 64-bit System Stability Test module is also available to stress the whole system to its limits. For legacy processors all benchmarks and the System Stability Test are available in 32-bit versions as well. Additionally, AIDA64 adds new hardware to its database, including 300 solid-state drives. On top of the usual ATA auto-detect information the new SSD database enables AIDA64 to display flash memory type, controller model, physical dimensions, and data transfer performance data. AIDA64 v1.00 also implements SSD-specific SMART disk health information for Indilinx, Intel, JMicron, Samsung, and SandForce controllers.
All of the benchmarks used in this test- Queen, PhotoWorxx, ZLib, and hash- rely on basic x86 instructions, and consume very little system memory while also being aware of Hyper-Threading, multi-processors, and multi-core processors. Of all the tests in this review, AIDA64 is the one that best isolates the processor’s performance from the rest of the system. While this is useful in that it more directly compares processor performance, readers should remember that virtually no “real world” programs will mirror these results.
In the Queen test, the ASUS board starts out with a small but noticeable advantage over the MSI board. Manual overclocking to 4.5GHz nets a nice 15% performance increase.
The PhotoWorxx test is much more dependent on memory bandwidth than CPU horsepower– see the way the score dips for the TPU2 settings, which clock the memory back down to 1333MHz.
The ZLIB and AES tests continue the trend: the ASUS board has a slight advantage over the MSI board at stock clock speeds (about 5%). The TPU2 setting has a noticeable advantage over the TPU1 setting, especially in ZLIB. Heavily threaded tests like these will benefit from the fact the TPU2 runs all four cores at 4.25GHz; the TPU1 setting has a higher 4.3GHz speed when one or two cores are in use, but drops to 4.2GHz when all four cores are loaded.
Let’s take a look at SPECViewPerf in the next section.