Biostar TA890FXE Review
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.
Like for like, we find the similarly priced ASRock and Biostar performing almost identically with each other. Meanwhile, the overclocked Phenom II performs exactly as it should with Dhrystone scores in the ~85GIPS ballpark.
A similar story unravels with the CPU Multimedia test. Thankfully SiSoft Sandra's CPU benchmarks have a very low error margin, making it very easy to compare testbed results.
CPU Queen is based on branch prediction and the misprediction penalties that are involved.
Again, the two boards perform very similarly - within 100 points of each other.
These scores are very much in line with what one would expect from a X6 1090T processor.
PhotoWorxx as the name may suggest tests processors by means of invoking functions that are common to Photo Manipulation including Fill, Flip, Crop, Rotate, Difference and Colour to B&W conversion.
Annoyingly, we find the Photoworxx test to suffer from a bit of a discrepency error. Usually this test is repeated a little more than necessary in order to find concordant results, but ultimately we find the two motherboards performing on par with each other, as expected.
This is an integer based benchmark that will test the CPU and Memory by means of the CPU ZLib compression library.
Nothing particularly surprising here either. Perhaps WinRar might reveal something that the ZLib test cannot..?
WinRAR's embedded Benchmark focuses on the processor's File Compression capability.
While Stock vs Stock results appear very similar, the overclocked result (particularly the Multithreaded outcome) seemed a little on the low side for a +700MHz clockspeed increase across six cores.