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MSI Z68A-GD80 Review

ccokeman    -   May 10, 2011
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Testing:

The first part of our testing will be the 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. We will use 100MB and 500MB files to test the time needed to compress these files. 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 to convert the file in seconds.

   

Lower is Better

 

In Apophysis, the time to complete the fractal flame file rendering is almost identical to the P67 based comparison boards. The WinRar stock testing shows this same result. In fact, the stock testing across the board shows how close the boards are at stock speeds. When overclocked, the Z68A-GD80 is tied for or the highest performing board in four out of seven tests.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: MSI Z68A-GD80
  3. Closer Look: Included Programs
  4. Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, GeekBench, Bibble 5
  8. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray
  9. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2011
  10. Testing: ScienceMark, Cinebench, HD Tune
  11. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  12. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  13. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  14. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  15. Testing: IGP, Virtu, SSD Caching
  16. Conclusion
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