X79 Motherboard Roundup: ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte

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Futuremark PCMark 7

Futuremark's PCMark 7 is the latest version of the PCMark suite, which has updated application performance measurements targeted for a Windows 7 environment. Here's what Futuremark says is incorporated in the base PCMark suite and the Entertainment suite, the two modules we have benchmark scores for you here.

Futuremark PCMark 7
General Application and Multimedia Performance

The PCMark test is a collection of workloads that measure system performance during typical desktop usage. This is the most important test since it returns the official PCMark score for the system

Storage
-Windows Defender
-Importing pictures
-Gaming

Video Playback and transcoding Graphics
-DirectX 9

Image manipulation
Web browsing and decrypting

The Entertainment test is a collection of workloads that measure system performance in entertainment scenarios using mostly application workloads. Individual tests include recording, viewing, streaming and transcoding TV shows and movies, importing, organizing and browsing new music and several gaming related workloads. If the target system is not capable of running DirectX 10 workloads then those tests are skipped. At the end of the benchmark run the system is given an Entertainment test score.




In PCMark 7, the Gigabyte motherboard again dusted the field, though not by much. It’s also worth noting that the ASRock board again posted the lowest score, with the two ASUS boards occupying the middle. All of the scores here are clustered fairly closely, though.

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