ASUS Sabertooth X58 Motherboard Performance Review

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Network Throughput

NTttcp Tool

The Gigabit PCIe Ethernet controllers vary on each board, so it will be interesting to see what the performance is on all the boards. Each of the boards uses a different Gigabit Controller. Let’s take a look at what controller is on each of the boards.

  • ASUS Sabertooth X58 – Realtek RTL8110SC
  • MSI Big Bang XPower – Realtek 8111DL
  • ASRock 890GX Extreme4 – Realtek RTL8111C
  • ASRock 890GX Extreme4 – Realtek RTL8111E
  • ASRock 890FX Deluxe4 – Realtek RTL8111E
  • GIGABYTE 890FXA-UD5 – Realtek 8111D chip
  • GIGABYTE 880GMA-UD2H – Realtek 8111D chip
  • MSI 890FXA-GD70 – Realtek 8111DL
  • ASUS Crosshair IV Formula – Marvell 8059 Gigabit LAN controller
  • ASRock 890GX Extreme3 – Realtek RTL8111E
  • Biostar TA890GXB HD – Realtek RTL8111E

To test the Gigabit PCIe Ethernet controllers we used the NTttcp tool to test Ethernet Throughput and the CPU utilization of the various Ethernet controllers used on the AMD Motherboards. To do this properly we set up one machine as the server; in this test an Intel Core I7 930 system with an EVGA X58 Tri-SLI motherboard acted as our Gigabit LAN server.

On the server side, we used the following Command Line for Gigabit PCIe Ethernet Testing:

Ntttcpr -m 4,0,<Client IP> -a 4 -l 256000 -n 30000

On the client side (the motherboard being tested), we used the following Command Line:

Ntttcps -m 4,0,<Server IP> -a 4 -l 256000 -n 30000

At the conclusion of each test we recorded the throughput and CPU utilization figures from the client screen as that is the system being tested.

ASUS Sabertooth X58 Network Throughput

Benchmark Results: This is the first time in ten motherboards that there was a dramatic difference in network performance. Nine of the ten boards that we have tested have had a network throughput of 942-945+Mbits/s. The ASUS Sabertooth X58 was only 752.336 Mbits/s. After a bit of trouble shooting to make sure my server wasn’t faltering I got in touch with ASUS and found out my results were spot on. This is what they had to say:

“It is due to the use of a PCI based network controller as opposed to a PCI-E based network controller. Your number is approximate to what we have from internal testing.

Due to the considerably higher quality components as well validation and other specific elements on the SABERTOOTH X58 this compromise was put into effect by the product manager. As most users realistically do not put heavy throughput loads on their network it was felt while not perfect it was practical implementation. In real world reality the performance offered of approximate 85 to 90MB is sufficient for even high performance data transfers including backups and HD streams.”

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