Asus X58 Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Review

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PCMark Vantage

Futuremark PCMark Vantage
Simulated Application Performance

We then ran our test motherboards through PCMark Vantage, Futuremark’s latest system performance metric built especially for Windows Vista. PCMark Vantage runs through a host of different usage scenarios to simulate different types of workloads, including High Definition TV and movie playback and manipulation, gaming, image editing and manipulation, music compression, communications, and productivity. Most of the tests are multi-threaded as well, so they can exploit the additional resources offered by multi-core CPUs.

Although the benchmark takes almost an hour to complete, we like PCMark Vantage because it performs a full suite of real world testing and spits out individual scores for each task. Here we find the Rampage III Extreme did not do much to set itself apart from the other two comparison boards. Granted, it led the way in the Music and HDD benchmarks, but consistently trailed the older Rampage II Extreme by just a hair.  As you can see, performance between all boards tested is pretty comparable and the field remains tight.

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