Gigabyte X58A-UD3R: USB 3.0, SATA 6G

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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.

 




We checked Vantage's subtest scores to verify that there were no differences that merited demonstration, but again, the two boards were in step right down the line. The Gigabyte X58A-UD3R is consistently just a hair faster than the EVGA X58 SLI Classified, but the difference is so small we'd scarcely call it significant.

The real reason to opt for one over the other are features like USB 3 and SATA 6G; we'll explore the former's performance later on in the review.

 


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