We measured the overall performance of this motherboard using SYSmark2004, which is a program that simulates the use of real-world applications. Thus, we consider this the best software to measure, in practical terms, the system performance.
The benchmarks are divided into two groups:
- Internet Content Creation: Simulates the authoring of a website containing text, images, videos and animations. The following programs are used: Adobe After Effects 5.5, Adobe Photoshop 7.01, Adobe Premiere 6.5, Discreet 3ds Max 5.1, Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, Macromedia Flash MX, Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 9, McAfee VirusScan 7.0 and Winzip 8.1.
- Office Productivity: Simulates the use of an office suite, i.e., simulates sending e-mails, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, etc. The following programs are used: Adobe Acrobat 5.05, Microsoft Office XP SP2, Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1, NaturallySpeaking 6, McAfee VirusScan 7.0 and Winzip 8.1.
The software delivers specific results for each batch and also an overall performance result, all in a specific SYSmark2004 unit.
We compared the reviewed board to other motherboards based on nForce 590 SLI chipset – MSI K9N Diamond, Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 and ASUS M2N32 SLI De Luxe – and to ECS KA3 MVP Extreme, which is based on Radeon Xpress 3200 chipset. You can see the results on the graph below.
In this test we could only see performance difference on the Internet Content Creation batch, where the reviewed motherboard from ECS was 3.11% slower than Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5. On all other results the reviewed motherboard achieved a performance similar to the other motherboards included in your comparison.