Testing & Performance
General Performance Testing
All performance testing was done with the i7 7820X and GTX 1070 at default clock speeds and auto settings everywhere applicable. Games where ran at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and higher settings enabled.
“Use the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark to test the performance of SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games. You can test the system drive or any other recognized storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices.”
ASRock’s X299 Taichi XE does decently in PCMark 8 but hangs out near the bottom of the list.
Super PI Modded 1.5
“In August 1995, the calculation of pi up to 4,294,960,000 decimal digits was succeeded by using a supercomputer at the University of Tokyo. The program was written by D.Takahashi in collaboration with Dr.Y.Kanada at the computer center. This record should be the current world record. (Details are shown in the windows help.) This record-breaking program was ported to personal computer environments such as Windows NT and Windows 95. In order to calculate 33.55 million digits, it takes 3 days with a Pentium 90 MHz, 40 MB main memory and 340 MB available storage.”
In Super Pi, the Taichi XE edges out both of the other ASRock X299 boards we’ve tested with a 32M time of 7 minutes and 25 seconds.
CPU Performance Testing
“CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Iron Man 3, Oblivion, Life of Pi or Prometheus and many more.
CINEBENCH is the perfect tool to compare CPU and graphics performance across various systems and platforms (Windows and OS X). And best of all: It’s completely free.”
Taking advantage of all 16 threads, Cinebench comes in at 1713 points. While taking last in our testing, keep in mind this is only a 2% spread in scores.
The benchmark shows a rating of MIPS (million instructions per second). The rating value is calculated from the measured speed, and it is normalized with results of Intel Core 2 CPU with multi-threading option switched off. So if you have modern CPU from Intel or AMD, rating values in single-thread mode must be close to real CPU frequency. There are two tests, compression with LZMA method and decompression with LZMA method. Once the total passes reach 100, the score is taken
7Zip really favors the Taichi XE coming in with our highest score yet at just shy of 49k combined MIPS.
Memory Performance Testing
AIDA64 Engineer Edition
“FinalWire Ltd. today announced the immediate availability of AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition 1.50 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises. The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge processors, adds a brand new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and NVIDIA graphics processors.”
In memory performance, the Taichi XE does great, doing right around 82GB/s read and writes, and combined to just under 79GB/s on copy functions.
On the Latency side of things, the Taichi XE seems to take a hit for some reason, showing up about 6 nanoseconds slower than we were expecting.
Passmark Performance Test – Memory Mark – Threaded
“Fast, easy to use, PC speed testing and benchmarking. PassMark PerformanceTest ™ allows you to objectively benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests and compare the results to other computers.”
AIDA64 might have just been a fluke as Passmark shows solid performance out of the XE.
“SiSoftware Sandra provides a robust package of diagnostic tools for testing your system and teasing out its problems–or potential headaches.”
SiSoft is out last memory specific benchmark and apparently, we saved the best for last. While all three tests appear to flat-line about 65.11 GB/s, overall it makes for one of the best scores we’ve seen yet.
ATTO Disk Benchmark
“As the industry’s leading provider of high-performance storage & network connectivity products, ATTO has created a widely-accepted Disk Benchmark freeware utility to help measure storage system performance. As one of the top tools utilized in the industry, Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays as well as connections to storage. Top drive manufacturers, like Hitachi, build and test every drive using the ATTO Disk Benchmark”
With our Samsung 960 PRO SSD installed in an M.2 slot connected to the Chipset, we seem to have a little bit of a read bottleneck. Getting reads capped off around 2.8GB/s indicates quite a few things are fighting for bandwidth over the limited link between the PCH and CPU. Writes don’t appear to be affected at all.
“CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows measuring sequential and random read/write speeds.”
CrystalDiskMark is also showing a slight hit to Read rates, but still only around 3GB/s as opposed to the 3.3GB/s+ the drive normally delivers.
3DMark – Fire Strike
“Fire Strike is a showcase DirectX 11 benchmark designed for today’s high-performance gaming PCs. It is our most ambitious and technical benchmark ever, featuring real-time graphics rendered with detail and complexity far beyond what is found in other benchmarks and games today”
Despite the middle of the pack performance over the last few benchmarks, gaming does quite well. Firestrike gives us one of the best scores we’ve seen yet out of this combination of hardware with a 3DMark score of 16,652.
3DMark – Time Spy
“3Dmark Time Spy is a new DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows 10 gaming PCs. Time Spay is one of the first DirectX 12 apps to be built “the right way” from the ground up to fully realize the performance gains that the new API offers. With DirectX 12 engine, which supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading, Time Spy is the ideal test for benchmarking the latest graphics cards.”
The race is very tight between similar systems in Timespy, and the Taichi XE is a mere 30 points from the leader here.
Grand Theft Auto: V
“When a young street hustler, a retired bank robber, and a terrifying psychopath find themselves entangled with some of the most frightening and deranged elements of the criminal underworld, the U.S. government and the entertainment industry, they must pull off a series of dangerous heists to survive in a ruthless city in which they can trust nobody, least of all each other.”
In real-world games, the XE does great as well. GTA:V comes back with an average frame rate of 172 FPS, only 2 frames less than the fastest score we’ve seen here.
Metro: Last Light
“It Is the Year 2034. Beneath the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro, the remnants of mankind are besieged by deadly threats from outside – and within. Mutants stalk the catacombs beneath the desolate surface, and hunt amidst the poisoned skies above.”
Developed by 4A Games and published by Deepsilver, Metro: Last Light uses the 4A game engine. At its highest settings, the 4A game engine is capable of bringing all but the most extreme gaming systems to their knees.
In Metro: Last Light, the Taichi XE again trails 1st place by a measly 2 FPS.