Intel Desktop Board DZ77GA-70K Review (Page 11 of 13)

Page 11 - Benchmark: SuperPI 1M, Cinebench R11.5

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)

As usual, we have included SuperPi as part of our battery of benchmarks, since I have always found these numbers quite interesting. From our graphs above, all motherboards delivered results within a couple tenth of a second with each other, which is to be expected. The Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H did manage to pull ahead slightly of the Intel DZ77GA-70K, but again, as mentioned on the previous pages, our Intel Core i7-3770K runs a few megahertz faster on the Gigabyte motherboard at default configuration.

About Cinebench R11.5

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 Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia and many more.

CINEBENCH is the perfect tool to compare CPU and graphics performance across various systems and platforms (Windows and Mac OS X).

From: Developer's Page

Rendering performance in Cinebench R11.5 proves to be quite interesting as well. The Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H managed to pull ahead of the Intel Desktop Board DZ77GA-70K in both the CPU and OpenGL tests. While it is not by a huge amount, the difference is certainly there and more evident before. To make sure what I am seeing is right, I have rerun the same tests several times on our test platform, and what can I say? I am not entirely convinced that 30MHz or so advantage the Gigabyte motherboard brings will make such a big difference in performance, and the facts cannot be changed, so the numbers are set in stone.

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: BAPCo SYSMark 2012
8. Benchmark: PCMark 7
9. Benchmark: 3DMark 11
10. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 7.0
11. Benchmark: SuperPI 1M, Cinebench R11.5
12. Onboard Sound Frequency Analysis
13. Overclocking and Conclusion