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Synthetic Performance

The SPECviewperf v11 benchmark features several tests designed to measure system performance by making heavy use of both CPU and GPU power. We've focused on the results from the SolidWorks and Maya tests, and as you can see, the Phenom II X2 560/Radeon HD 4290 dominated, delivering the highest average frame rates.

However, Asrock Vision 3D's Nvidia GeForce GT 425M did provide a significant performance boost over the Core 100HT-BD, which relies on the painfully slow integrated Intel GMA HD graphics engine.

Using Povray, we measured the time in seconds that it took for each system to complete rendering the Biscuit and Woodbox images. The Asrock Vision performed best, beating our AMD Phenom II X2 560 system in both tests.

CINEBENCH R11.5 has been used to measure both GPU and CPU performance. In this benchmark, the Asrock Vision 3D's Nvidia GeForce GT 425M gives it an advantage over the other two systems which use integrated graphics solutions. The GPU performance was around 4x faster than that of the AMD Radeon HD 4290 in the AMD 890GX chipset and over 17x faster than the Intel GMA HD.

The Asrock Vision 3D also demonstrated very strong CPU performance, defeating the Phenom II X2 560 desktop processor, which not only has a higher clock, but carries more cache. The i3 370M's HyperThreading support undoubtedly played a large role in its victory.