ASUS Maximus III Extreme 1156 Motherboard

Synthetic Benchmarks

 

Synthetic Benchmarks

Ah the good old synthetics. Where would the world of hardware be without some hard numbers. I'm sure many people only care about the overclock we got and how many FPS you get in Crysis. But if, like me, you have a real passion for this, then nothing is quite as exciting as breaking certain magic barriers.

Sisoft Sandra

Sandra has a great set of benchmarks with lots of upto-date comparisons and an easy to see guide on where your hardware fits. Today we'll be utilising the CPU Arithmetic benchmark, looking at the Dhrystone and Whetstone results.

The Dhrystone result saw a very impressive 94.3 GIPS at stock speed, with a 24.4 GIPS improvement in overclocked trim. This is a very good increase, especially as this isn't one of those tests that will see a linear improvement.

Moving to the Whetstone benchmark we see a similar result, in that the i7 870/Maximus III Extreme combination gives us a very impressive 61.8 GFLOPS which rises to 77.14 when overclocked. That's 91% of the theoretical overclock performance, showing that the Maximus really doesn't get in the way of your performance at all.

 

Everest Ultimate

Lavalys' Everest is a comprehensive array of benchmarking tests and hardware information. For todays benchmarks we'll be running the AES Encrypytion, CPU Photoworxx and CPU Queen tests for our processor and the copy, read and write tests for the memory.

As you can see, all three tests benefited hugely from the clockspeed increase the Maximus III Extreme afforded us, with the Photoworxx test in particular giving a staggering improvement.

 

Now and again we're blessed in that we can crack certain numbers that once seemed impossible. Much like our overclocking experience on the Maximus III Extreme allows us to hit 4GHz without difficulty, a figure laughable only a couple of years ago, we've broken through another cool barrier in our memory tests. Under over-clocked conditions we passed 20000MB/s in the Everest copy test. Admittedly only by 1, but for a dual-channel system that is clocked to 24/7 stability levels rather than extreme absolute numbers, it's not bad at all. The read and write tests showed a similar level of improvement. Clearly spending that little extra on your motherboard is worth it, if 4GHz and these kind of numbers are to be expected.

 

Crystal Disk Mark

One of the two newest features appearing on motherboards at the moment, the other being USB3, is SATA 6Gb/s. In a similar way that USB3 is still very new, the hardware market isn't awash with SATA6 drives at the moment and we haven't got one in our labs. So we were curious as to whether the upgrade to the new technology might give enough headroom to make our old SATA 3Gb/s drive a bit perkier. After all, you can never have too much headroom can you. Unless you're agoraphobic perhaps.

Sadly this isn't the case, and our drive actually performed slightly worse when attached to the SATA 6 ports than it did on the SATA 3. This might be a driver issue or it might just be the slightly random nature of hard-drive benchmarking. Nonetheless if you are considering upgrading without buying the drives needed to take advantage, think again. 

 

WinRAR

WinRAR comes with a cool little benchmarking utility built in and makes good use of every last megahertz it can get its hands on. This is definitely the case here as the results almost perfectly mirror the clock speeds used, once again showing how little overheads the Maximus III Extreme has.

 

Onwards and we'll see what some more real-world benchmarks make of this.

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Most Recent Comments

19-02-2010, 05:16:07

tinytomlogan
Always good to post the first proper full review.... OC3D takes first place yet again! VonBlade has worked all hours to bring you the first review of the Asus Maximus III Extreme.

Continue Reading

19-02-2010, 17:49:54

JN
the red and black themes still aren't wearing thin on me yet

Looks like a pretty awesome board.

20-02-2010, 08:39:54

pazman4
Looks Sweet. Nice review, thanks

21-02-2010, 16:35:36

cl0ck_ed
Still can't see how anybody could justify buying this when x58 mobo's are about the same price and the 920's are cheaper than 860's.

21-02-2010, 19:33:37

VonBlade
Because you're getting LOADS more motherboard for the same price, the 1156s clock much easier than the X58 stuff, dual channel is naturally a lot cheaper and, if hyper-threading isn't important to you, a i5 750 is way cheaper than a 920. Yes the X58 is amazing. But the P55 is much better value.

This Maximus III is a mental amount of motherboard. The serious contender for it in X58 terms is the Quad Classified. And if you're trying to say they're the same money....

22-02-2010, 14:10:54

cl0ck_ed
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='VonBlade'
Because you're getting LOADS more motherboard for the same price, the 1156s clock much easier than the X58 stuff, dual channel is naturally a lot cheaper and, if hyper-threading isn't important to you, a i5 750 is way cheaper than a 920. Yes the X58 is amazing. But the P55 is much better value.

This Maximus III is a mental amount of motherboard. The serious contender for it in X58 terms is the Quad Classified. And if you're trying to say they're the same money....
I have to disagree 1366 overclocks much better than 1156. You can put dual channel on x58 if that is a concern. Yes i5 750 is good value but p55 i7's are expensive in the UK.

You bring value into the discussion but anyone buying p55 has a lower budget and will therefore buy the 750. People on higher budgets will more than likely get the x58 based system that will support the 6 core 32nm cpus that will be shortly released.

People that have funds for a tri/quad sli/xfire system will have enough for the classified.
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