Asus Crosshair IV Extreme
The latest iteration of Cinebench's rendering benchmark takes greater advantage of multiple cores. With this in mind, what better way to test a processor with no less than six cores?
All seems well in the rendering department. All three boards remain identical within error margins, while at 4.0GHz our testbed pushes well above the 7.xx mark - exactly wheere it should be.
Persistence Of Vision RAYtracer is an application for creating three dimensional graphics. Within the program is a very popular benchmark that measures the processor's ability to render such images.
PovRAY, a similar style of benchmark follows a similar pattern. Once again, there is nothing particularly suspect.
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility capable of benchmarking the performance of individual components inside a PC.
With an AMD K10 CPU at it's nominal NB frequency of 2000MHz, one would expect memory bandwidth performance of around 13GB/sec within SiSoft Sandra. With this in mind, all boards including the Extreme show no sign of invoking a limitation.
Hard Disk Performance
With our Samsung Spinpoint F1 Hard Disk Drive, ~90MB/s is the norm. Our SB850 equipped motherboards would never hold this drive back.
Do bear in mind that you shouldn't directly compare SiSoft Sandra memory results with Everest's benchmark. The nature of the two testing processes mean that the end result is very different. Regardless, the test is just as valid for comparing one platform against another.
Once again, the results show no real surprises. Let's move on shall we?