AMD A85X Mobo Roundup: ASRock, Gigabyte, Asus

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3DMark 11 and Cinebench 11.5

Futuremark 3DMark11
Synthetic DirectX Gaming


Futuremark 3DMark11

The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark11, is specifically bound to Windows Vista and Windows 7-based systems due to its DirectX 11 requirement, which isn't available on previous versions of Windows. 3DMark11 isn't simply a port of 3DMark Vantage to DirectX 11, though. With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated four new graphics tests, a physics tests, and a new combined test. We tested the motherboards here with 3DMark11's Performance preset option, which uses a resolution of 1280x720 with 1x MSAA and 2x anisotropic filtering. Not the fanciest resolution, but we're looking at integrated graphics here.

As you'd hope from three motherboards with the same chipsets, OS, CPU, drivers, and clocks, 3DMark 11 performance was consistent across each board.

Cinebench R11.5
3D Rendering Benchmark

Cinebench R11.5 is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation suite used by 3D animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of system processor resources and is an excellent gauge of computational throughput. This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a 3D scene and tracks the length of the entire process. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.

The A85X boards wrung identical performance from the stock-clocked A10-5800K in multithreaded performance, though the ASRock board lagged slightly behind the other two in the single-threaded test. This isn't a shocking development at stock clocks, but it's nice to have more confirmation that nobody screwed up the implementation. 

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