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Mainboards Specifications Comparison

The table below contains the specifications of all three testing participants summed up in one place for your convenience:

If we were to say a few words about the major differences between them, we would point out that Asus mainboard doesn’t support IEEE1394 (FireWire), but has three USB 3.0 controllers instead of two, a contact spots area for voltage monitoring, can accommodate three thermal diodes and eight fans supporting rotation speed adjustment. Gigabyte mainboard is the only board in our today’s article that uses the chipset functionality to the fullest extent and supports four-card graphics configurations. Only MSI mainboard ahs an additional SATA 2 controller instead of SATA 3, and it also has support for a COM-port.

Testbed Configuration

We carried out our tests on a testbed that included the following components:

  • Mainboards:
    • Asus Crosshair V Formula rev.1.01 (BIOS version 0813);
    • Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7 rev.1.0 (BIOS version F6);
    • MSI 990FXA-GD80 MS-7640 ver.2.2 (BIOS version 11.5);
  • AMD FX-8150 CPU (3.6 GHz, Zambezi (Bulldozer), AM3+);
  • 2 x 2048 MB DDR3 SDRAM Patriot Extreme Performance Viper II Sector 5 Series PC3-16000, PVV34G2000LLKB (2000 MHz, 8-8-8-24 timings, 1.65 V voltage);
  • MSI N570GTX-M2D12D5/OC graphics card (Nvidia GeForce GTX 570, GF110, 40 nm, 786/4200 MHz, 320-bit GDDR5 1280 MB);
  • Kingston SSD Now V+ Series (SNVP325-S2, 128 GB);
  • Scythe Mugen 2 Revision B (SCMG-2100) CPU cooler and an additional 80x80 mm fan for cooling of the area around the CPU socket during overclocking experiments;
  • ARCTIC MX-2 thermal interface;
  • CoolerMaster RealPower M850 PSU (RS-850-ESBA);
  • Open testbed built using Antec Skeleton system case.

We used Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64 bit (Microsoft Windows, Version 6.1, Build 7601: Service Pack 1) operating system, Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility version 9.2.0.1030, Nvidia GeForce Driver 280.26 graphics card driver.

 
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