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MSI 890GXM-G65 Review

jlqrb    -   April 29, 2010
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Testing:

To test the performance of the MSI 890GX-G65 motherboard, I will be pushing it to the max by putting it though the OverclockersClub benchmarking programs. Some of these benchmarks, such as Apophysis and WinRAR, actively test the processing power of the system by crunching raw data, while we use the latest games to test the gaming performance. All the benchmarks will be run with the system settings at the default value of the motherboard, except for the memory, which I will set to the suggested factory timings. Once these benchmarks have concluded, we should have a good understanding of the performance level of the MSI 890GXM-G65 motherboard and how well it holds up to other boards on the market.

 

Test Setup:

 

Comparison Boards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocking the MSI 890GXM-G65 motherboard was very simple, thanks to the easy-to-use Cell Menu in the AMI BIOS. However, in the end it did not yield the results I was hoping for. I have used the same AMD Phenom II 955 on multiple motherboards and have achieved a 3.8GHz overclock on the majority of the boards used. Unfortunately, with the MSI 890GXM-G65, I was not able to reach 3.8GHz and remain completely stable. Since 3.8GHz is the average for this 955, I used it as my starting point, but with it showing errors in Prime95, I had to scale it back to a final speed of 3737MHz before full stability was achieved. This is close enough to 3800MHz, but it was a bit disappointing to not reach a speed that I have found stable on so many different motherboards. One thing to note is that this board ships with the BIOS revision 1.0 and not revision 1.2 that I used to reach 3.73GHz. I flashed the BIOS after initially only being able to increase the processor speed by 400MHz. After a little research, I found that the stock BIOS was the limiting factor when it came to overclocking and that MSI had addressed the issue with the 1.2 BIOS release. Flashing did help, but the MSI 890GXM-G65 was still not the best overclocker I have used. One other nice feature that is added with the 1.2 BIOS is an unlock CPU core option, which is found in the Cell Menu and can unlock extra cores that were disabled by AMD.

 

 

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. Office 2007
  4. POV Ray 3.7
  5. PCMark Vantage Professional
  6. Sandra XII
  7. ScienceMark 2.02
  8. Cinebench 10
  9. HD Tune 2.55
  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. Call of Duty: World at War
  4. Fallout 3 
  5. Left 4 Dead
  6. 3DMark 06 Professional
  7. 3DMark Vantage



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