ASUS Maximus III Extreme 1156 Motherboard
Published: 19th February 2010 | Source: ASUS | Price: around £250 |
Just before we move along two our two synthetic tests for the day that use real-world examples to test with, we thought you'd like to see these couple of results.
Super Pi is an old favourite. It's a standard quick test that gives a result we all can relate to and doesn't take forever to run. It's also got the handy ability to barely take up any resources and so will run on all but the most unstable systems. Much like our 20000MB/s result on the Everest Copy test, we've cracked another little line in the sand here with a sub-10 second 1M Super Pi run. Highly impressive.
As the differences between .1 and .15 of a second are pretty meaningless we've also run the 32M Super Pi test which definitely shows the huge gains to be had from the wonderful clocking ability of the Maximus III Extreme.
Cinema 4D uses a genuine rendering test to give a result that, although synthetic in nature as it is fixed, but because it uses the Cinema R10 engine, since superseded, it's actually applicable to the kind of use a system such as this might get. If you have a multi-core, or preferably multi-core multi-threaded processor I highly recommend running this benchmark at least once. No amount of numbers can give you a feeling for the sheer increase in speed you can obtain when running on multi-cores.
PC Mark Vantage
PC Mark has a comprehensive suite of tests all aimed at stressing all parts of your system in the way that it would be in daily usage. As such it's a perfect test for a motherboard. Yet again the Maximus III Extreme shines by not only providing a rock solid overclock but by giving good results even in stock trim.
Here it demonstrates the pure horsepower available in the encoding test...
And finally how the whole system works to be able to find, retrieve, store and render webpages at a lightning pace.
Phew. Now let's see how the 3D side holds up before we go to our conclusion.