Gigabyte X58A-UD3R: USB 3.0, SATA 6G
LAME MT and Low-Res Gaming
In this test, we created our own 223MB WAV file (a hallucinogenically-induced Grateful Dead jam) and converted it to the MP3 format using the multi-thread capable LAME MT application in single and multi-thread modes. Processing times are recorded below, listed in seconds. Shorter times equate to better performance.
Each motherboard wins and loses a test by a second with the Gigabyte board being a tad faster in multithreading and the EVGA a bit faster single-threaded.
Gaming has been primarily GPU-bound since 3dfx introduced the original Voodoo, but cranking game resolution down and turning detail levels to minimum can reveal just how quickly and effectively the CPU is crunching data. We tasked both motherboards with running the first CPU benchmark in Crysis and measured the results.
We didn't expect to see a difference here, really--and we don't. Either motherboard is capable of taking full advantage of the Core i7-920 we've installed.