abit AB9-Pro Review (Page 7 of 8)

Page 7 - Benchmarks: Cinebench 9.5, HDTach RW

From Cinebench 9.5's developers:

CINEBENCH is the free benchmarking tool for Windows and Mac OS based on the powerful 3D software CINEMA 4D. Consequently, the results of tests conducted using CINEBENCH 9.5 carry significant weight when analyzing a computer’s performance in everyday use. Especially a system’s CPU and the OpenGL capabilities of its graphics card are put through their paces (even multiprocessor systems with up to 16 dedicated CPUs or processor cores). During the testing procedure, all relevant data is ascertained with which the performance of different computers can subsequently be compared, regardless of operating system.

CINEBENCH includes render tasks that test the performance of up to 16 multiprocessors on the same computer as well as software-only shading tests and OpenGL shading tests on huge numbers of animated polygons that will push any computer to its limits.

CINEBENCH 9.5 is available for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems and as a “Universal Binary” version for Apple Macintosh computers with PowerPC or Intel Core Duo processors. The database functionality and simple export allow for easy statistical data collection. CINEBENCH is used extensively by leading trade journals and hardware manufacturers such as Intel, AMD and Apple to compare computer performance.

Cinebench 9.5 rendering of "Daylight" utilizing multiprocessors. Yet again a statistical tie; but on paper the Asus P5W64-WS Professional has a slight insignificant lead of 3 points over the abit AB9-Pro.

Next up is HDTach RW HDTach RW is an OS-independent benchmark that measures drive and storage performance. In this case, we will use it for the purpose of testing SATA and USB data performance.

From HDTach's developers:

HD Tach will test the sequential read, random access and interface burst speeds of your attached storage device (hard drive, flash drive, removable drive, etc). All drive technologies such as SCSI, IDE/ATA, 1394, USB, SATA and RAID are supported. Test results from HD Tach can be used to confirm manufacturer specs, analyze your system for proper performance, and compare your performance with others. HD Tach is very easy to use, quick, and presents data in easy to read graphs, including the ability to compare two storage devices on screen at the same time for easy analysis.

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A Long Bench has been run to analyze the SATA performance. The drive used is a Seagate 7200.10 320GB SATA2 hard drive with 16MB cache built on perpendicular recording technology. SATA2 port used were the ones most probably used due to physical location -- the ones powered by Intel's ICH8 chipset.

As you can see our comparison graph above, the red line is performance tested on abit's AB9-Pro and the blue line representing Asus' P5W64-WS Professional. The performance on all aspects is a general statistical tie.

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A Full Bench has been run to analyze USB performance. The drive used is a flash drive that we have with the fastest read speed -- and that's the OCZ Rally2. Can you say identical performance in our graph above?

The answer is a definite yes.

Page Index
1. Introduction
2. Features, Packaging, Accessories
3. Board Layout
4. The uGuru Panel
5. Test System; Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark06
6. Benchmarks: EVEREST Ultimate Edition 3.50.799
7. Benchmarks: Cinebench 9.5, HDTachRW
8. Onboard Sound, Overclocking, Conclusion