With the exception of ATTO, which we use to measure the performance of a motherboard's SATA controllers, 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 test with our own Media Benchmarks suite which can be downloaded so you can test your own system. It uses a combination of Gimp image editing, H.264 encoding with Handbrake and multi-tasking with 7-zip file compression combined with HD video playback. Finally, for our game testing we benchmark the board running Left 4 Dead 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops and record the minimum and average frame rates.
Our benchmarks include stable overclocked results too, so you can gauge how much performance potential there is in the motherboard, and how much value this adds to your purchase.
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MSI A75MA-G55 (A75)
ASRock A75 Pro4 (A75)
2.9GHz AMD A8-3850 CPU
4GB 1,600MHz DDR3 CL8 memory
Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB SATA hard disk
PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750W PSU
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
MSI A75MA-G55 - 3.4GHz: 117 HTT x 29 at 1.52V, 1,559MHz DDR3 at CL9
ASRock A75 Pro4 - 3.04GHz: 105HTT x 29 at 1.5V, 1,400MHz DDR3 at CL9