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 surprise that the Sapphire Pure Black X58 motherboard was able to outperform the Intel P67 motherboards. The Sapphire Pure Black X58 is able to take advantage of triple channel memory while the Intel P67 motherboards are limited to dual channel. The difference in memory architectures does give the Sapphire Pure Black X58 a 23% advantage over the top Intel P67 motherboard.