790i Ultra SLI Motherboards Compared

Performance Analysis

A brief recap of our performance findings shows more similarities than differences among the motherboard models. We’ll begin again with games. Intel’s chipset has become the one to beat for all 790i Ultra SLI motherboards, so we based our performance numbers on its results.

Intel leads the way in average game performance, but the Asus Striker II Extreme and MSI P7N2 Diamond are within 1% of it.

Intel again leads in applications benchmarks, but the 790i Ultra SLI equipped Asus Striker II Extreme is still within 1% of the top score.

Asus’ Striker II Extreme victory in average video encoding performance puts a feather in Nvidia’s 790i Ultra SLI hat, even if the 0.06% difference makes it a rather small feather.

And so comes the big question — average performance for all benchmarks — and here we see Intel’s high-flying X48 Express leading the 790i Ultra SLI by only 0.14%. Obviously, a lead that small can’t be noticed at all in daily use.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.