I deviated from our normal bare-installation benchmarking to include default manufacturer-supplied software installations in today’s test, looking specifically for the effect of performance and power differences on efficiency. Default should provide the best balance, right?
Asus started off with a modest lead in 3DMark, which was barely large enough to force a retest that proved this advantage consistent.
I was surprised to see Gigabyte fall behind in PCMark’s storage bench. Retests again proved this deficit consistent using AMD’s own AHCI driver on these AHCI-enabled motherboards.
That drop in SATA performance is mainly seen in PCMark’s “Starting Applications” profile. This will have an impact on the system’s overall performance value, since storage makes up 10% of the overall score.
Asus falls a little behind in Sandra’s Encoding/Decoding and Memory Bandwidth test, but this is also the company that usually gets the top DRAM stability scores. Differences this small are a matter of give-and-take.
- Performance Beats Features?
- ASRock 990FX Extreme9
- 990FX Extreme9 Software
- 990FX Extreme9 Firmware
- Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0
- M5A99FX Pro R2.0 Software
- M5A99FX Pro R2.0 Firmware
- Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3
- 990FXA-UD3 Software
- 990FXA-UD3 Firmware
- Test Settings And Benchmarks
- Results: Synthetic Benchmarks
- Results: Battlefield 3 And Far Cry 3
- Results: F1 2012 And Skyrim
- Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Results: Content Creation
- Results: Productivity And File Compression
- Overclocking Results
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Who Wins This Three-Way 990FX Comparison?