AIDA64 Extreme Review
Published: 20th October 2010 | Source: Final Wire | Price: £19.95 to £39.95 |
So What's New?
Thanks to the comprehensive 'at a glance' nature of the AIDA64 display many of the new elements we can show you in a single screenshot.
Firstly we have the new CPU benchmark itself. CPU Hash is a cryptographic benchmark that tests the hash value calculation performance.
Secondly you can see that the results page is greatly trimmed in comparison to the rather bloated old Everest. No longer are we comparing our i7s and 1090Ts to P200MMX CPUs. Although there are still more than enough results to get a good feel for where things stand in the great scheme of things.
Finally the Stability Test which was previously hidden under the tools menu has been brought down to the toolbar itself just to the left of the report button.
Alongside this many of the underlying tests have been greatly optimised and all the benchmarks have been ported to 64-bit as befits the AIDA64 moniker. Alongside improvements to the FPU Fractal calculations the other major improvements are to be seen in the zLib testing.
Here is a comparison of the final version of Everest against AIDA64. Run back to back on the same machine. As you can see when FinalWire say it's been optimised, they really mean it.
Just in case that isn't enough for you the final really big change is vastly improved support for Solid State Drives, with the capability to identify both the controller and the NAND modules. Disk Health via SMART is also supported for Indilinx, Intel, JMicron, Samsung and the new SandForce controllers.