Gigabyte H55N USB3
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.
The CPU arithmetic test ascertains the processor's capabilities in terms of numerical operations. Two subtests named Dhrystone and Whetstone are carried out respectively. This is not a measure of latency and thus higher is better
The Gigabyte board sets itself up for an excellent start, performing competitively against the Zotac and pulling well ahead with the 3.60GHz overclocked Core i3.
The CPU Multimedia Test focuses on CPU based operations that may occur during multimedia based tasks. The magnitude of the score depends on the processor's ability to handle Integer, Float and Double data types.
The Core i3 performs very well despite being a dual core. Regardless both boards perform very closely against each other.
CPU Queen is based on branch prediction and the misprediction penalties that are involved.
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.
This is an integer based benchmark that will test the CPU and Memory by means of the CPU ZLib compression library.
Across the entire Everest suite, the trend of results remain very much the same between the two boards on test. That said, the Photoworxx test identifies an oddball result for the Core i3 @ 3.60GHz. Multiple repetitions of the test yielded results within the same range.
WinRAR's embedded Benchmark focuses on the processor's File Compression capability.
This test has successfully captured Hyperthreading technology in action with a performance speed up in excess of 2.0x from single thread to multi thread operation. The greater overclocking headroom of the Gigabyte H55N USB3.0 has shown a rather disproportionate performance increase here.