Synthetic Testing Continued with FutureMark
Next, we ran FutureMark's 3DMark05 CPU module followed by PCMark04. 3DMark05's CPU module allows us to focus more on the CPU and memory performance while minimizing the affect of the video card on the test. PCMark04 is a great all-inclusive test suite that benchmarks the four major components of a system, namely CPU, Memory, Graphics and Hard Drive. When completed, an individual score is issued for each test, as well as a total score.
When we look at the 925XE7AA-8EKRS2's performance compared to the other two reference systems, we found the ASUS board really shined. The Foxconn 925XE board came in second, beating out the impressive MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum by a margin of 47 points.
PCMark04 does a better job of giving an overall picture of a board's performance potential. In the total results category, the 925XE7AA-8EKRS2 was the top performer, with the MSI 915P model taking the second spot by a 35 point difference. The ASUS P5GDC-V Deluxe came in third, dropping an additional 50 points.
When we break down the results, we see the Foxconn 925XE7AA-8EKRS2 was the best performer in the Memory segment, whereas the ASUS board took top Graphic performance and the MSI Neo2 boasted the best CPU performance. In the end, the Foxconn board took a major lead in memory scores, topping the next best board by 104 points.