Gigabyte GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 Review (Page 10 of 12)

Page 10 - Benchmark: SuperPI 1M, Cinebench R15

About SuperPI

Super PI is a computer program that calculates pi to a specified number of digits after the decimal point—up to a maximum of 32 million. It uses Gauss–Legendre algorithm and is a Windows port of the program used by Yasumasa Kanada in 1995 to compute pi to 2^32 digits.

Super Pi is used by many overclockers to test the performance and stability of their computers. In the overclocking community, the standard program provides a benchmark for enthusiasts to compare "world record" pi calculation times and demonstrate their overclocking abilities. The program can also be used to test the stability of a certain overclock speed. If a computer is able to calculate PI to the 32 millionth place after the decimal without mistake, it is considered to be moderately stable in terms of RAM and CPU. However, longer tests with other CPU/RAM intensive calculation programs will run for hours instead of minutes and may better stress system stability. While Super Pi is not the fastest program for calculating Pi, it remains very popular in the hardware and overclocking communities.

From: Wikipedia (January 22, 2011)

SuperPi is probably one of the easiest and fastest benchmarking software, as it proves to generally be interesting. It is not the fastest nor the hardest way to calculate Pi, but it has generally been the most popular way to show off your overclocking capabilities on online forums. Any increase in clock speed will definitely make a difference, and we were able to remove a nice 1.578 seconds off, representing a speedup factor of 1.19. Just to note, speedup factors are calculated by taking the benchmark time and dividing it by the tested configuration, which is the overclocked one in our case.

About Cinebench R15

CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer's performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON's award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Iron Man 3, Oblivion, Life of Pi or Prometheus and many more.

CINEBENCH is the perfect tool to compare CPU and graphics performance across various systems and platforms (Windows and OS X). And best of all: It's completely free.

From: Developer's Page

CINEBENCH R15 is separated into two different tests. The first tests CPU image rendering performance, while the second looks at OpenGL video rendering performance. A combination of a faster processor and a powerful graphics adapter, respectively, will play a much more significant role in determining the scores, so I was interested in what the two configurations would produce. The CPU test showed a more noticeable increase of 23.4% from a score of 588 to 726. In the OpenGL test, we gained a little less than 4 FPS, which was not too significant. Again, this is understandable, as both used the same integrated graphics, Intel's HD 530 on the Core i5-6600K.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Bundle, Chipset, BIOS
3. A Closer Look, Board Layout, Test System
4. Benchmark: AIDA64 CPU
5. Benchmark: AIDA64 FPU
6. Benchmark: AIDA64 Memory
7. Benchmark: PCMark 8
8. Benchmark: 3DMark
9. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 8.0
10. Benchmark: SuperPI 1M, Cinebench R15
11. Onboard Sound Frequency Analysis
12. Overclocking and Conclusion