Gigabyte X99 SOC Champion, Budget Overclocker?

SuperPi Mod 1.5 & WPrime

SuperPI Mod 1.5

Super PI is a single threaded benchmark that calculates pi to a specific number of digits. It uses the Gauss-Legendre algorithm and is a Windows port of a program used by Yasumasa Kanada in 1995 to compute pi to 232 digits.





The Gigabyte X99 SOC came in third position on this chart but realistically the differences in the scores were so small you can’t call a definitive winner. You find that a lot with the unified chip set required to run Intel CPU’s, it’s much more standardized now than in the past. Features are what set motherboards apart and the Gigabyte SOC has plenty of features.


wPrime is a leading multithreaded benchmark for x86 processors that tests your processor performance by calculating square roots with a recursive call of Newton’s method for estimating functions, with f(x)=x2-k, where k is the number we’re sqrting, until Sgn(f(x)/f'(x)) does not equal that of the previous iteration, starting with an estimation of k/2. It then uses an iterative calling of the estimation method a set amount of times to increase the accuracy of the results. It then confirms that n(k)2=k to ensure the calculation was correct. It repeats this for all numbers from 1 to the requested maximum.





The Gigabyte X99 SOC came in third spot here and ran 4 seconds behind the Rampage Extreme and 1 second behind the Asus X99 Deluxe, again very little variation in scores and we can expect that with the rigid testing parameters we use. People don’t realize just making run to run unless you clear your cache and clear pre-fetch scores can be skewed. Something as simple as leaving drive indexing turned on can skew a score if it decides to index during a test.

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