Asus P5W64-WS Professional Review (Page 6 of 7)

Page 6 - 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.

Using Cinebench 9.5's multiprocessor test of rendering "Daylight", we ran the same test a multiple of times and results indicate that Asus' P5W64-WS Professional had a 3 point lead in all our trials. The few extra megahertz paid off with a 1MHz higher front side bus.

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 on our Asus P5W64-WS Professional.

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 SATA2 performance on the Asus P5W64-WS Professional. The drive used in our test is a Seagate 7200.10 320GB SATA2 hard drive with 16MB cache built on perpendicular recording technology. The SATA2 port used for this test were the ones most probably used by the user due to optimal physical location -- the ones powered by Intel's ICH7R Southbridge.

The blue line (Asus P5W64-WS Professional) pretty much covered exactly where the red line (abit AB9-Pro) covered. There is virtually no performance difference between the Asus P5W64-WS Professional and the abit AB9-Pro -- where ICH7R and ICH8R were used, respectively.

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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.

Again, the blue line represents the Asus P5W64-WS Professional while red line indicates performance of abit's AB9-Pro. It is not only a theoretical performance tie -- it is a tie.

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