7. Science Mark and Nero Digital
Science Mark 2.0 is an attempt to put the truth behind benchmarking. In an attempt to model real world demands and performance, SM2 is a suite of high-performance benchmarks that realistically stress system performance without architectural bias. Science Mark 2.0 is comprised of 7 benchmarks, each of which measures a different aspect of real world system performance.
Pov-Ray s a high-quality, totally free tool for creating stunning three-dimensional graphics. It is available in official versions for Windows, Mac OS/Mac OS X and i86 Linux. The source code is available for those wanting to do their own ports. We used Pov-Ray 3.7beta15 for all tests, since it supports Dual Core CPUs. We used the build-in benchmark as suggested from developers.
The Foxconn N570SM2AA has slightly tighter timings resulting a higher ScienceMark score than the C51XEM2AA.
- Nero Digital
Nero Digital is one of the best known Digital formats, offering both ASP and AVC encoder profiles.
For our tests, we used the latest version of Nero Recode v188.8.131.52 packaged with Nero Reloaded v184.108.40.206. As a source we used a VOB file, of 5mins duration. We encoded for each processor in two modes (ASP, AVC) with exactly the same preferences (same bitrate and dual pass). The encoding time displayed below is what Nero Recode reported. The lower the time taken, the better. All results are displayed in secs.
All three tested motherboards, has very similar performance with Nero Recode. The best performance was with the Asus M2N32WS Pro.