SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility capable of benchmarking the performance of individual components inside a PC. Each of the benchmarks below were run a total of five times with the highest and lowest scores being discarded and an average being calculated from the remaining three.
Everest is in many ways similar to Sisoft Sandra. Focusing mainly on software and hardware information reporting, Everest also comes with a benchmark utility suitable for testing the read, write and latency performance of the memory subsystem. Each of these benchmarks were performed a total of 5 times with the highest and lowest scores being discarded and an average calculated from the remaining three.
The Gigabyte board made a poor start to the benchamrk runs finishing last in the majority of the synthetic tests. Innitially I thought I may have set something (or not set) in the BIOS but checking, double checking aswell as confirmation with CPU-Z compounded the fact that the EP45 Extreme was simply 'slow'. I was surprised at this as previous P45 boards showed very good performance but alas, the figures do not lie.
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