Sapphire Pure Black X58 Reviewccokeman - January 27, 2011
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Office 2007 Excel Big Number Crunch: This test takes a 6.2MB Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and performs about 28,000 sets of calculations that represent many of the most commonly used calculations in Excel. The measure of this test is how long it takes to refresh the sheet.
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 x64 is used to measure complete system performance. We will be running a series of tests to gauge performance of each individual CPU to see which CPU, if any, rises above the others.
In the Big Number Crunch test, you get similar performance across the comparison boards at the baseline clock speeds. In POV Ray, the Pure Black X58 delivers about the median average for the comparison and overclocked, it scores better than two of the comparison boards.