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    Benchmarks - Synthetic

    SiSoft Sandra

    Sandra is a software collection of synthetic benchmarks that will give us a basic idea as to what a system is capable of. It should be noted that SiSoft numbers change depending on what hardware is being tested.  These were recorded using Sandra Professional Version 31.60.2021.12

    RightMark Audio Analyzer

    One of the most difficult things about doing reviews is finding some kind of common ground to establish a benchmark on so that when we say something is good our readers know it is based on something they can try themselves.  In the case of audio reproduction there are too many factors to consider such as hearing quality, sound equipment (speakers) and room dimensions so we are turning to the RightMark Audio Analyzer to give us a set of audio specs.  We will then use those numbers to determine what kind of audio quality you can expect.

    This test was performed using a loopback cable which is basically a jack that connects the analog line-out plug back into the analog line-in.  That way we can remove almost all of the variables and concentrate on what is actually being reproduced and recorded.

    Frequency response (from 40 Hz to 15 kHz), dB: +0.01, -0.06
    Noise level, dB (A):  -96.4
    Dynamic range, dB (A): 95.3
    THD, %: 0.00136
    THD + Noise, dB (A):  -86.6
    IMD + Noise, %:  0.00693
    Stereo crosstalk, dB: -89.8
    IMD at 10 kHz, %: 0.00552
    General performance Excellent

    Color coding indicates good to bad, Bright green = Excellent - Bright Red = Poor - Black = Good

    Synthetic Conclusion

    Synthetic performance never really tells the entire story, but is a good indication of what the system would probably be capable of doing under the right conditions.  For this set of benchmarks I wanted to show the performance difference between the OC Ready Z690 and the Mini ITX B660-I and the results speak for themselves.  Processor performance is identical and Multi Media performance took a very nice jump along with default memory bandwidth.

    The Rightmark audio benchmark is a great tool for exposing audio specs for the various chips and software used and read much like if you were buying an amplifier or sound system for your house.  There are a bunch of Excellent rated numbers on that list along with several that are not and much like the other boards in this lineup the overall sound is rated as Excellent.

    The onboard audio is clearly off the charts when testing using the loopback cable.  These results have translated nicely to a set of high quality Logitech desktop speakers with great separation and no audible noise.