Given that the Matrix II 955BE comes with a retail motherboard, the BIOS is very comprehensive offering a full host of overclocking functions and memory tweaking options. The Gigabyte GA770T-UD3P is a relatively new Socket AM3 motherboard to the market offering a robust solution with respectable 8+2 phase power regulation, 2 ounces copper PCB and the incorporation of the updated SB710 Southbridge which supports Advance Clock Calibration, a fairly redundant feature for Phenom II Quad Cores, but offers the ability to unlock Dual and Tri Core CPU's. For performance purposes, up to DDR3-1666 is supported, an increase from the default DDR3-1333 officially supported by AMD. Overclocking shall be covered towards the end of the review.
As shown, the system is performing exactly as it should be and based on it’s scores, one would consider it a rather potent gaming machine.
Another set of excellent results in Futuremark’s latest 3D Benchmarking program.
This is Futuremark’s overall system benchmark, which will test aspects of the system which are also in keeping with general purpose usage. This makes it a slightly more sensible benchmark. Again, very predictable results are generated by the Matrix II 955BE.
Cinebench is a CPU intensive benchmark, which renders a photograph with either one of the CPU’s cores or all of them. Once it has finished rendering the photograph, a score is generated. The Phenom II X4 955 performed very well in this test, rendering the photograph in just over a minute in multithreaded mode. While a Core i7 would have finished the benchmark quicker, the result is well within the realms of it’s competing Core 2 Quad Q9x50 processors.
This result showed the Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition performing just behind the Core 2 Quad Q9550 according to SiSoft Sandra’s preloaded CPU data.
This result showed the Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition performing between the Core 2 Quad Q9550 and QX9650 processors, an excellent result given the price of the CPU in relation to Intel competition.
Memory bandwith and latency was exactly as expected when compared to preloaded data for DDR3-1333 Memory. No weakness in the hardware was apparent.