MSI P7N Diamond Reviewccokeman - May 18, 2008
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3DMark06 is one of the first benchmarks that comes up when a bragging contest breaks out, and is a serious performance test for much of the latest hardware. Let's see how this setup fares; the settings we will use are listed below.
- SM2.0 Graphics Tests: GT1- Return to Proxycon, GT2- Firefly Forest
- CPU Tests: CPU1 - Red Valley, CPU2 - Red Valley
- HDR/SM3.0 Graphics Tests: HDR1 - Canyon Flight, HDR2 - Deep Freeze
In this test, we saw that the MSI board was second only to the Asus 780i at 1280 x 1024 and up. Overall performance across our entire set of benchmarks was lackluster at best; out of 32 gaming benchmarks, the MSI motherboard only posted top marks in 11. This translates to winning performances in only 33 percent of the gaming tests - not a good outcome for a board that's marketed towards enthusiasts and overclockers, even if it did "keep up" with the middle of the pack in many of the benches.