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ASRock P55 Extreme4 Motherboard Review (1156)

For as long as I can remember enthusiasts around the world have been keen to see how their systems perform with many commercially available benchmarks from such companies as Futuremark. While these applications are extremely useful to a wide audience sometimes it can be helpful to focus on a ‘real world’ application which many of us use on an almost daily basis.

When I was in charge of DriverHeaven I wrote a scripted benchmark which was not only used to help users ascertain system specific performance levels but was useful in reviews to accurately measure performance in key areas. Leading tech sites such as Madshrimps, Benchmark Reviews and Hardocp used my benchmark in their reviews also.

You can get the KitGuru Photoshop Benchmark 1(4) here. Please note lower times are better as this means less time is taken by the system to process the commands.

KitGuru PS Bench 1(4) ASrock 2.66ghz ASRock 4.0ghz
1. Texturiser (1) 2.2 1.9
2. CMYK 2.1 1.8
3. RGB 2.0 1.6
4. Ink Outlines 32.2 27.9
5. Dust & Stratches 3.4 3.1
6. Watercolor 29.2 26.2
7. Texturiser (2) 2.2 2.0
8. Stained Glass 25.7 23.1
9. Mosiac Tiles 15.8 13.1
10. Extrude 168.8 159.8
11. Rough Pastels 14.9 12.3
12. Smart Blur 99.9 94.1
13. Underpainting 38.6 33.2
14. Mosiac Tiles 16.2 13.1
15. Spherize 3.4 2.9
16. Palette Knife 25.2 22.9
17. Sponge 42.9 49.9
18. Smudge Stick 14.8 13.1
Total 539.5 493

Even though Adobe Photoshop CS5 rarely loads more than two cores, the differences between our reference clocks and overclocked settings is extremely noticeable. The Extrude filter for example is reduced by almost 10 seconds when overclocked to 4ghz.

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