MSI Z68A-GD80 Reviewccokeman - May 10, 2011
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Office 2007 Excel Big Number Crunch: This test takes a 6.2MB Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and performs about 28,000 sets of calculations that represent many of the most commonly used calculations in Excel. The measure of this test is how long it takes to refresh the sheet.
Lower Is Better
POV Ray 3.7: This program features a built in benchmark that renders an image using Ray Tracing. The latest versions offer support for SMP (Symmetric MultiProcessing) enabling the workload to be spread across the cores for quicker completion.
Higher Is Better
The Office 2007 testing shows the results at stock to be similar with a small differential between the boards. When overclocked, the Z68A-GD80 delivers the lowest completion time for the test. The POV Ray stock results show that the motherboards offer very little in the way of a difference in scoring. When the 2600K is ramped up, the performance falls in line with what one would expect from the increased clock speeds.