Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H - Page 8

..:: Cinebench 9.5 ::..

Cinebench 9.5 is a fairly new benchmark to our array that weíll be using in future reviews. This is one of the few multi-threaded benchmarks available right now, given that it has CAD applications, an area where multi-processor setups have been common place for a long time. The Cinebench 9.5 software is able to thoroughly stress the entire system, as well as offering support for Intelís Hyper-Threading Technology. For our benchmarking purposes, we ran the timed xCPU raytracing benchmark. Our results show that, for the multi-processor benchmark, the 975X7AB-8EKRS2H outscores the D975XBX by 18 points, while in the single CPU raytracing benchmark it musters a performance lead of 14 points over Intelís D975XBX.

..:: SPECviewperf ::..

SPECviewperf really needs no introduction. This benchmark has been around utilizing several of versions of top CAD software. SPECviewperf can punish any system, and any graphics card thrown at it without blinking. In keeping with virtually all of the results we have seen thus far, the performance difference between boards across the board is again virtually nil, to a slight lead for the 975X7AB-8EKRS2H. It seems the results we found earlier in PRIBench are showing up, but the gain is very small.

..:: AquaMark 3.0 ::..

AquaMark 3.0 is a gorgeous benchmark and can place some serious strain on any system. For our benchmarking purposes, we ran the default test at 1024 x 768 x 32 with no anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering enabled. AquaMark 3.0 shows us similar results to what weíve been seeing thus far. The 975X7AB-8EKRS2H manages to overtake Intelís D975XBX, but canít quite muster a large gain. This is to be expected given both boards are operating off of the i975X chipset, and both are typically mid-range performance boards.

..:: HL2: Lost Coast Demo ::..

Half-Life 2: Lost Coast is Valveís HDR Lightning demonstration software. Included with this demo is an option for Video Stress Test, which is exactly what we utilized for our benchmark testing. In terms of video settings, all settings were set to High, Water was set to Reflect All, Color Correction was Off, 2xQ AA, 4X Anisotropy, HDR Full if Capable, 4:3 screen ration, and 1024 x 768 resolution. The results seen in the above graph was again taken with the integrated benchmarking tool. Again, the 975X7AB-8EKRS2H manages to overtake Intelís own D975XBX by a fair margin, but in the end it wouldnít be anything noticeable. Now, once you factor in error and the different results you would obtain from run to run, Iíd say these two boards are equally matched in terms of Half-Life 2 performance.