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X58 Motherboard Roundup Review

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SpecView 10:

Specview 10 is a benchmark designed to test OpenGL performance. I will be using the multi-threaded tests to measure the performance when run in this mode. The tests used for comparison are listed below. The default multi-threaded tests were chosen to be able to compare across platforms. In these tests, higher scores equate to better performance. Since the E8400 is a Dual core CPU results will only be shown in the 2 thread test.


  • Catia
  • MAYA
  • PROE







Higher is Better


Higher is Better


Higher is Better

PCMark Vantage:

PcMark Vantage is used to measure complete system performance. We will be running a series of tests to gauge performance of each individual board to see which board, if any, rises above the others.


Once again, with stock scores, it's a little hard to tell which board is the top performer. In SpecView, the ECS X58B-A outperforms the other boards in two of the benchmarks. This doesn't seem like much, but the other boards either tied or only won once. In PCmark Vantage the MSI Eclipse Plus once again outperformed the competition, but only by five 3DMarks.

I'd love to say that the overclocked scores made it easier to determine a winner, but they really didn't. Asus's P6T won the most benches in SpecView, so I guess that means something. Then again, it only won two. So really, it doesn't say all that much. In 3Dmark Vantage however, the P6T outperforms the competition by an amazing 500 points!

  1. Introduction
  2. Closer Look: The Boards
  3. Testing Setup & Overclocking
  4. Benchmarks: Apophysis, Win RAR
  5. Benchmarks: SpecView 10, PCMark Vantage
  6. Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2009
  7. Benchmarks: Sciencemark 2.0, Cinebench 10, HDTune 2.55
  8. Benchmarks: Far Cry 2
  9. Benchmarks: Crysis Warhead
  10. Benchmarks: BioShock
  11. Benchmarks: Call Of Duty World at War
  12. Benchmarks: Dead Space
  13. Benchmarks: Fallout 3
  14. Benchmarks: Left 4 Dead
  15. Benchmarks: 3DMark 06 Professional
  16. Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage
  17. Price for Performance
  18. Conclusion
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