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ECS A85F2-A Golden Testing:
Testing the ECS A85F2-A Golden will involve running it through OCC's test suite of benchmarks, which includes both synthetic benchmarks and real-world applications, to see how each of these products perform. The gaming tests will also consist of both synthetic benchmarks and actual gameplay, in which we can see if similarly prepared setups offer any performance advantages. The system will receive a fully updated, fresh install of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit edition, in addition to the latest drivers for each board and the latest AMD Catalyst drivers for the XFX HD 7970. To ensure as few variables as possible, all hardware will be tested at their stock speeds, timings, voltages, and latencies – unless otherwise stated. Turbo Boost is disabled to make a fair comparison without skewing results.
- Processors: AMD A10 5800K
- CPU Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series H100
- Motherboard: ECS A85F2-A Golden
- Memory: Mushkin 993997 Redline PC317000 9-11-10-28 8GB
- Video Card: XFX HD 7970 Black Edition
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1200
- Hard Drive: Corsair Force GT 240GB
- Optical Drive: Lite-On Blu-Ray
- Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D
- OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
- AMD A10 5800K @ 4.7GHz ( 100MHz x 47)
Overclocking the A10-5800K with the A85F2-A was a bit more expeditious than I expected it to be. Knowing the limits of my A10 APU from extensive use, I headed towards 4.7GHz right away and was surprised to get the same OC from it with a motherboard that is not equipped with digital power. This is truly a testament to how far ECS has come with the quality of the components it uses and the board as a whole. I was also able to achieve a 1GHz+ core speed on the graphics core; a move that bumps the 6770D graphics a couple rungs up on the ladder.
Each CPU and motherboard has been tested for stability at the clock speeds listed when in an overclocked state. These clock speeds will be used to run the test suite and will show the performance increase over the stock settings in the overclocked scoring.
Scientific & Data:
- PCMark 7
- HD Tune 5.0
- AIDA64 2.50
- Sandra 2012 SP6
- HandBrake 9.8
- ATTO 2.47
- DiRT 3
- Battlefield 3
We have our maximum overclocks, which are evenly matched again. This should provide a good platform to spot any differences between them. Let's go to the benchmarks.