Synthetic CPU and Memory Performance with SANDRA XI
We started testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA XI, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant, by running three built-in subsystem tests; CPU, Multimedia, and Memory. We ran each test module twice with each system, once with integrated graphics enabled and again with a discrete graphics card (GeForce 7600 GT) installed. First up are the CPU and Multimedia scores.
With SANDRA XI's Arithmetic test, all systems showed little differences when compared to each other, although we saw a swing with the M2A-VM HDMI when switching between integrated graphics and the GeForce 7600GT. Shifting focus to the Multi-Media module, once again, all boards tested returned similar performance deltas with no one board standing out from the pack.
Unlike the CPU tests, we see a broader swing with SANDRA XI's Memory benchmark. Here the ASUS M2A-VM HDMI competes well with the NVIDIA based motherboards, keeping a slight lead in all but one comparison. The other 690G reference board, the MSI K9AGM2, showed quite a swing in performance when adding a graphics card to the mix. It seemed to take the biggest hit when running discrete graphics with 256MB of shared memory and lept to the head of the bunch when freeing up the onboard memory buy adding a GeForce 7600GT to the equation.