More Synthetic Testing with FutureMark
One of the latest additions to our benchmarking arsenal is FutureMark's 3DMark05. Like its predecessor, 3DMark03, this program can be useful when gauging motherboard performance thanks to its ability to run CPU intensive tests exclusively.
Interestingly, we saw a fairly wide spread between the two systems, with the ASUS P5GDC-V Deluxe posting a solid 400 point lead over the Soltek SL-915GPro-FGR. In the next test, we'll take a broader look at overall system performance and see if this pattern continues.
Our next test is PCMark04, a comprehensive benchmark that aims to assess an entire system's performance, focusing on the four major subsystems; CPU, Graphics, Memory and Hard Drive. We'll focus our attention on the first three as well as the overall result.
With the CPU module, the spread was not a pronounced as we saw with 3DMark05, but this time around we saw a broad difference with memory performance. The ASUS P5GDC-V Deluxe posted a major lead over the Soltek model, but interestingly, this only resulted in an overall score difference of 100 PCMarks. The graphics results were a virtual tie, with a mere four point difference in favor of the ASUS Deluxe.
Sometimes when we run synthetic tests, we walk away with more questions than a clearer picture of a particular board's performance. Next, we'll focus our attention on specific tests to help uncover the real world performance of each board.