A year ago, SiSoftware released Sandra 2010 with full support for Windows 7; in the 18 months since the launch of Windows 7, more than ever before we have seen the line blur between PC and entertainment hubs. Two months ago we released a Blu-Ray benchmark, now we have added a brand-new Media Transcoding benchmark using the new Media Foundation of Windows 7. We have also added yet another benchmark (GPGPU Cryptography) which allows direct comparison of CPU performance (using crypto instruction sets) and GPGPU performance.
Benchmark Results: It’s not a real shocker that there is virtually no memory bandwidth performance difference between the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z and the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z. Both of the boards are top tier from ASUS and they held nothing back in the specifications of either board. The Maximus IV Extreme-Z was able to pull out an ever so slight lead, though we are talking about less than .2%.