ECS X58B-A Reviewccokeman -
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The first part of our testing regimen will be the system specific benchmarks.
Let's get started with Apophysis. This program is used primarily to render and generate fractal flame images. We will run this benchmark with the following settings:
- Resolution: 2750x2048
- Quality: 500
- Limit Memory use: 512MB
The measurement used is time to render, in minutes, to complete.
Lower is Better
WinRAR is a tool to archive and compress large files to a manageable size. We will use 10MB, 100MB and 500MB files and test the time needed to compress these files. Time will be measured in seconds.
The performance delivered in Apophysis by the ECS X58B-A is pretty much equal to that of the rest of the comparison boards. Much like when I reviewed the P35 based boards a few years back, there is very little to distinguish one board from the other. Where the ECS does shine in this series of tests is the 500MB Zip and RAR testing where it delivered an equal to or better performance than the comparison suite. When overclocked, render time in Apophysis was reduced by five minutes and compression time in the WinRAR testing was reduced on the 100MB and 500MB file tests.