As usual, we are going to compare the mainboards speeds in two different modes: in nominal mode and during CPU and memory overclocking. In our today’s test session MSI XPower will compete against Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 (rev. 2.0) mainboard that was tested in the same conditions as the MSI board. The results of MSI XPower are marked with darker color on the diagrams below.
We used Cinebench 11.5. All tests were run five times and the average result of the five runs was taken for the performance charts.
We have been using Fritz Chess Benchmark utility for a long time already and it proved very illustrative. It generated repeated results, the performance in it is scales perfectly depending on the number of involved computational threads.
A small video in x264 HD Benchmark 3.0 is encoded in two passes and then the entire process is repeated four times. The average results of the second pass are displayed on the following diagram:
We measured the performance in Adobe Photoshop using our own benchmark made from Retouch Artists Photoshop Speed Test that has been creatively modified. It includes typical editing of four 10-megapixel images from a digital photo camera.
In the archiving test a 1 GB file is compressed using LZMA2 algorithms, while other compression settings remain at defaults.
Like in the data compression test, the faster 16 million of Pi digits are calculated, the better. This is the only benchmark where the number of processor cores doesn’t really matter, because it creates single-threaded load.
There are good and bad things about complex performance tests. However, Futuremark benchmarking software has become extremely popular and is used for comparisons a lot. The diagram below shows the average results after three test runs in 3DMark11 Performance mode with default settings:
Since we do not overclock graphics in our mainboard reviews, the next diagram shows only CPU tests from the 3DMark11 – Physics Score.
We use FC2 Benchmark Tool to go over Ranch Small map ten times in 1280x1024 resolution with medium and high image quality settings in DirectX 10.
Resident Evil 5 game also has a built-in performance test. Its peculiarity is that it can really take advantage of multi-core processor architecture. The tests were run in DirectX 10 in 1280x1024 resolution with medium image quality settings. The average of five test runs was taken for further analysis:
Now let’s see what we can get during overclocking by raising the clock generator frequency.
Everyone knows that the performance of similar systems working in similar operational modes is usually almost the same. Therefore, in our cases even when there is a difference between the two mainboards, it is never more than 1%. It looks like both mainboards are the same when it comes to performance, but let’s check out their power consumption readings, before making any definitive decisions, because in this aspect the difference turned out to be dramatic.