Testing Methods

With the exception of SiSoft Sandra and Lavalys Everest, all of our benchmarks use real applications that give you a great idea of how well a product fares when performing the tasks you're likely to want it for. We are also focusing a lot more of our time on evaluating the stability of the motherboards (and platforms) using a stress test designed to highlight any of the potential weaknesses that the product may have. That involves a gradually increasing amount of stress starting with Prime95 torture test on all cores and expanding to looping 3DMark06. This is to ensure that all parts of the system are stressed simultaneously over a period of time.

Most poorly engineered products fail within the first couple of hours, or even minutes, and along with the other test results this will allow us to make a conscious decision on whether a motherboard is worth your money.

Asus Rampage II Gene Review Testing Methods

Test Setup:


  • Asus Rampage II Gene (Intel X58, 0809 BIOS)
  • Foxconn Renaissance (Intel X58, P13 BIOS)
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R (Intel X58, F4 BIOS)
  • MSI X58 Pro Intel X58 (Intel X58, 7522 BIOS)
  • Foxconn Blood Rage (Intel X58, P04 BIOS)
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P (Intel X58, F6a BIOS)
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58-DS4 (Intel X58, F5c BIOS)
  • MSI Eclipse SLI (Intel X58, 132 BIOS)
  • Asus P6T Deluxe (Intel X58, 0904 BIOS)

Common Components:

  • Intel Core i7 920 (45nm, 8MB L3 cache, 20x133MHz; 2.67GHz)
  • Corsair 6GB DDR3 1,066MHz at the lowest timings where possible
  • Graphics Testing: Zotac GeForce GTX 280
  • PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750W PSU
  • Seagate 7200.10 250GB SATA hard drive
  • Intel X25-M 80GB SSD
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit SP1
  • Nvidia Forceware 180.48 WHQL

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