ECS A785GM-AD3 Motherboard Reviewjlqrb - February 1, 2010
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Excel 2007 Big Number Crunch: This benchmark uses mathematics to perform complex calculations in Excel 2007, which puts a heavy load on the processor. The measurement is in seconds that it takes to complete the task. The benchmark is performed three times and then averaged for the final score.
Lower is better
POV Ray 3.7: This program features a built in benchmark that renders an image using Ray Tracing. The latest versions offer support for SMP (Symmetric MultiProcessing), enabling the workload to be spread across the cores for a quicker completion.
Higher Is Better
PCMark Vantage is used to measure complete system performance. We will be running a series of tests to gauge the performance of each individual motherboard to see which board, if any, rises above the others.
The ECS A785GM-AD3 motherboard didn't fair well in the Excel test and just managed to tie for last place with the Gigabyte MA785GMT. I shortly found out this was not a trend though and in the next benchmark, which is POV Ray 3.7 the ECS board was ahead of all but one of the comparison boards. For PCMark Vantage, the ECS A785GM-AD3 put up the biggest numbers, beating all of the other motherboards.