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Application Performance

The DH61AG and i3-2120 took 12.15 seconds to complete the Excel 2010 workload. Although that's 6% slower than the Z68M-ITX/HT, the gap can be partly attributed to the Asrock's faster memory.

Our custom WinRAR compression test highlighted the importance of memory bandwidth here. While the DH61AG may have slipped behind the Z68M-ITX/HT, Intel's low-profile platform managed to outpace the six-core Phenom II X6 1100T.

Again we see the effects of using 1333MHz memory opposed to 1600MHz as the Intel DH61AG was 15% slower than Asrock's board when benchmarking with Photoshop CS5.