Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87 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)

If you haven't caught on by now, it's pretty obvious that overclocked settings generally produce much better results compared to stock settings results. Here, the overclock settings puts the Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87 ahead by just under a second, which is about 9.8% increase. These are pretty good results to boot. Obviously, SuperPI is not a thorough evaluation of your computer's performance, but it is a traditional test for interest's sake.

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

It's no surprise by now that the results are what they are, and the results shown here for Cinebench R15 is no exception. As newer generations of motherboards are engineered, you should see improvements in results, given a similar configuration. The performance increases here are approximately 14% and 26% for CPU and OpenGL, respectively. You can see the results posted in our comparison graphs above.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Features, and 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 (RMAA 6.3.0) Analysis
12. Overclocking and Conclusion