MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) Reviewccokeman - January 18, 2012
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SiSoft Sandra is a diagnostic utility and synthetic benchmarking program. Sandra allows you to view your hardware at a higher level to be more helpful. For this benchmark I will be running a broad spectrum of tests to gauge the performance of key functions of the CPUs.
Cache and Memory
Power Management Efficiency
AIDA64 Extreme Edition: is a software utility designed to be used for hardware diagnosis and benchmarking. I will be using the CPU Queen test that looks for the solution for the "Queens" problem on a 10x10 chessboard. This tests the branch-prediction capabilities of the processor. The FPU Mandel test measures double precision floating point performance through computation of several frames of the "Mandelbrot" fractal.
Higher is Better
The same theme continues over to the Sandra testing where both boards are performing very similar. However the Multi-Core Bandwidth test showed that the Intel board was able to give a slightly better score during this test as well as the Multi-Core Latency testing by a significant amount — 11.4ns during the overclocked Latency test. In the Memory testing, the MSI board did take the lead during all four tests, but it was slightly slower in the Memory Latency testing. Both the MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) and the Intel DX79SI were able to once again be neck and neck during all four of the AIDA64 benchmarks.