Results: SiSoft 2011
Testing a motherboard can be interesting. Water is wet as well. Since most tests are either CPU or video card limited, we are left with a handful of tests which can truly stress out the motherboard in its most important task: I/O functionality. All CPU and GPU tests were run to confirm that the board does not have any dramatic faults to it which would negatively impact overall performance.
SiSoft Sandra 2011
I used two CPU tests to make sure there were only small variances in performance. Otherwise, I went to town on memory and I/O.
CPU performance was even across the board. Memory performance differed by a decent amount, with the Asus board ultimately coming on top. SATA 6G performance was interesting. The MSI 990FX board was consistently fast with a small advantage in buffered writes.
USB 3.0 differences were actually quite interesting as well. The NEC controller was consistently slower, while the new ASMedia unit was slightly faster.