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Results: SiSoftware Sandra

Sandra’s CPU benchmarks show nothing spectacularly unusual, and most of its barely-noticeable differences are within a margin of error.

Gigabyte falls a little behind in Sandra's Memory Bandwidth module, and a retest shows that this is consistent. Perhaps the firm is aiming for greater stability through the use of slower tertiary timings?

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