Asus X58 Sabertooth Review
Although the AES results are very similar, as would be expected from a complex algorithm run on a processor without the additional AES instruction set, once we reach the rest of the tests we finally see the Sabertooth just edging ahead. In zLib the gains are tiny, but nonetheless there in both stock and overclocked form. PhotoWorxx sees a similar benefit.
CPU Queen is where the Sabertooth really starts to shine, being 13000 points clear of the P6X58D-E.
Maxons CineBench gives us a bit of an improvement in the CPU stock test, up from 4.8 to 5, but it's in the OpenGL test that we really see the difference. Since we tested the P6X58D-E there have been a couple of updated Catalyst releases from ATI, but even those improvements can't account for such a comprehensive spanking laid down by the Sabertooth.
It seems so far that if one board is going to gain an edge over the other, unlike in our previous page, then it will be the Sabertooth. The differences might be slight, but these days motherboard differences are so slight when they are at similar price-points that every improvement is worthwhile.
PC Mark Vantage
What was that I was just saying about tiny differences? Ignore it. The Sabertooth dominates the PC Mark Vantage charts. When we take into consideration that this is our first major application based test of the day, it really speaks volumes for how good the Sabertooth is under load. So impressive is it that the stock results beat the overclocked P6X58D-E in the Memory and Productivity benchmarks.