SiSoft Sandra 2011c Benchmarks
In the first test, we put it through the memory benchmark tests. First, we configured the memory settings in the BIOS to run at our rated speed similar to our H55 system. It is somewhat a surprise that H67 chipset does not support anything beyond DDR3-1333 in it’s settings while the P67 equivalent supports up to DDR3-2133. It is said that Intel locked it so that the sales of H67 will not kill it’s own P67 chipset boards. It seems to be underspec as the same processor is used on different chipsets you get different settings all together.
On the ASRock H55M Pro system, the Core i5-661 runs at 133.9 x 25 (3.33GHz) while the ASRock H67M-GE/HT runs at 99.8MHz x 33 (3.3GHz). As we can see from the chart, the ASrock H67M-GE/HT has a better memory bandwidth, thanks to the new generation Sandy bridge processor. The memory controller is more powerful than before.
In the graphs, we also included the results after the GPU CLK is overclock to 1.9GHz with voltage bump of +0.2 v to GPU. ( The default is 1.1GHz) and it increased to 18.1 GB/s.
So what about the Arithmetic and Multimedia performance on this CPU with the H67 chipset.
Although the ASRock H55M Pro is running 100MHz (~3.4GHz), it still can’t outperform the new processor Core i5-2500K. It’s performance is ~20 GOP/s behind that of our new ASRock H67M-GE/HT.
In Multimedia, the ASRock H67M-GE/HT is again leading with 95.17 Mpixel/s against the older generation H55 chipset mainboard.
With the new processor and support, hardware acceleration takes in transcoding makes a big difference in video encoding/decoding. While the older H55M doesn’t support hardware acceleration, the media transcode leads all manufacturers with a high speed of 5.16MB/s. With the GPU CLK raised to 1.9GHz, the speed increased furthur to 6720KB/s. It is time AMD and NVIDIA re-look into supporting hardware acceleration via it’s GPU.