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MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) Review

ccokeman    -   January 18, 2012
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Testing:

The first part of our testing will involve system-specific benchmarks.

 

Let's get started with Apophysis. This program is used primarily to render and generate fractal flame images. We will run this benchmark with the following settings:

  • Resolution: 2750 x 2048
  • Quality: 500
  • Limit Memory use: 512MB

 

 

The measurement used is time to render, in minutes, to complete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Lower is Better

 

WinRAR is a tool to archive and compress large files to a manageable size. Here, we will test the time needed to compress files of 100MB and 500MB. Time will be measured in seconds.

 

ZIP:

  

  

Lower is Better

 

 

RAR:

  

  

Lower is Better

 

Geekbench:

Geekbench 2.1 is a benchmark that tests CPU and memory performance in an easy-to-use tool. The measure used for comparison is the total suite average score.

  

Higher is Better

 

Bibble 5:

This test consists of converting 100 8.2MP RAW images to jpeg format. The file size is 837MB. The measure used for comparison is time needed to convert the file in seconds.

  

Lower is Better

 

During the Apophysis testing, you can see that both the MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) and the Intel DX79SI were very close to eachother, and the Intel board was beating the MSI board during stock testing. However, the MSI board took the lead in the Overclocked testing. During the ZIP testing, both boards were able to perform neck and neck until the 1000MB Overclocked testing where the MSI board took the lead by almost 11 seconds. In the RAR testing, the MSI board was able to beat out the Intel board in 75% of the testing. Both boards performed very similar during the Geekbench testing. When it comes down to the Rendering Time in the Bibble 5 benchmark, we can see that the MSI board was able to take the lead by .4 seconds when both boards were overclocked.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  3. Closer Look (The BIOS)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  6. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, GeekBench, Bibble 5
  7. Testing: Office 2007, POV-Ray, ProShow Gold, HandBrake
  8. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2011, AIDA 64
  9. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HD Tune, PCMark 7
  10. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  11. Testing: Civilization V
  12. Testing: Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  13. Testing: 3DMark 11
  14. Conclusion
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