Synthetic Benchmark Testing
SiSoft Sandra 2014 SP3
The Sandra benchmarks remain a fast and easy way to determine system quality from a CPU and memory subsystem perspective. The X99-A made strong showing against the other systems, easily matched performance with the other Intel X99-based boards. This type of performance indicates optimal implementation of the CPU and memory subsystems.
LinX is a graphical interface for CPU-based testing using the Intel Linpack benchmarks. It serves as a good indicator of proper system CPU functioning and is considered one of the most intensive CPU benchmarks currently available. LinX was run with Memory set to All and for a total of 3 runs. This test was repeated three times with the highest repeatable GFlops (Giga-Floating Point Operations Per Second) score recorded.
This CPU torture test is a proven method for identifying possible issues with the CPU to motherboard interface layer. The X99-A does not disappoint with its performance falling well within expectations compared with the otehr Intel X99-based systems. Good performance in this CPU intensive test further proves that the design of the CPU to board interface is working well within specifications.
Multimedia and System Benchmark Testing
Maxon Cinebench R15
Maxon’s Cinebench R15 benchmark can be used determine a system's ability to render 3D content based on their Cinema 4D animation software. The CPU benchmark test was run three times, with the highest reproducible Cinebench points score recorded.
Again, the X99-A manages to perform on par with the competing Intel X99-based test systems. It may be marketed by ASUS as bargain board, but that does not seem to inhibit its performance in the least.