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HD Tune measures disk performance to make comparisons between drives or disk controllers.
AIDA64 Extreme Edition is a software utility designed to be used for hardware diagnosis and benchmarking. I will be using the CPU Queen test that looks for the solution for the "Queens" problem on a 10x10 chessboard. This tests the branch-prediction capabilities of the processor. The FPU Mandel test measures double precision floating point performance through computation of several frames of the "Mandelbrot" fractal.
Again there seems to be no defining moment for either board in these tests. One doesn't really win one way or the other. The amount the boards' scores are apart is minimal and likely only of marginal error at this point. Unfortunately nothing is showing that more money gets us much more number wise at this point -- just more physical features.