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MSI P55-GD65 Review

ccokeman    -   October 1, 2009
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Testing:

Testing is the only way to prove whether or not one motherboard is better than the others when it comes down to performance. Some groups like all the whiz-bang features while the hardcore enthusiasts just want good solid reliable performance. To find out which one gives that last little bit of clock speed or has the right options in the BIOS means you have to test the motherboards out one at a time. Quite an arduous task when you get down to it, but it's the only way. To test out the MSI P55 GD-65 I will be running it through the OverclockersClub suite of benchmarks to see if it distinguishes itself from the comparison board(s). The only deviations from the default BIOS settings will be that the energy saving features as well as Turbo technology are disabled so that the motherboard can be tested with a measure of repeatability. The video card control panel settings are left at factory defaults except where noted. Since the MSI P55 GD-65 is part of MSI's Gaming series its only fitting to compare it to its direct competitor the ROG Maximus III Formula.

 

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Motherboards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 870 200x22 4200MHz

There are several ways to overclock the P55-GD65, The quickest and easiest is the OC Genie. 1 Touch overclocking at its finest. Second you can use the Control Center overclocking section to make adjustments from within Windows. Third you can use the bclock adjust buttons for on the fly overclocking to maximize the scores while benchmarking or you have the good old fashioned way of going into the BIOS and making your adjustments manually. Using the OC Genie the system set up a very respectable 3.7+ GHz overclock with no work on my part other than pushing the OC Genie button. You know, I actually liked how easy it was and it proved to be stable at this speed. The technology worked as intended and delivered results in a fraction of the time the ASUS took. The Control Center works as well but I am just not a fan of overclocking through Windows. Something to do with hosing up an OS in the past that just keeps me away from it so I resorted back to making my adjustments in the BIOS through trial and error. The first thing I do is turn off all of the energy saving technologies C1E, Intel Speedstep, EIST, and Turbo Technology and thermal management so that I will be able to push as hard as I can without anything to interfere with my overclocking. Then I go to the memory multiplier and knock it down to 6 or 8 so that the memory will not prove to be a limitation when pushing the bclock speeds. The Kingston kit used for this test will push to 1090MHz so I really did not worry that much about the memory speeds. I then start upping the bclock until I cannot boot then go in and adjust the voltage to the CPU a bit higher until I get to the point where I have diminishing returns with voltage. After finding the max bclock that the board/CPU combination can run I go back to finding the best combination of multiplier, blcock and memory multiplier to suit my needs. While I could run a 215 to 218Mhz bclock I got the best results at 200x22 or 4200MHz. Not too shabby as this is a prime stable clock speed versus just a bench stable clock. I will run all of the overclocked scores at 4200Mhz. Below are the screen shots for both the 4.2GHz clock speed set manually as well as the 3.7GHz clock speed obtained with the use of the OC Genie.

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. Office 2007 Excel Number Crunch
  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. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty World At War
  5. Dead Space 
  6. Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II
  7. Left 4 Dead
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage



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