MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) Motherboard Review

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Testing

Testing motherboards is not an easy task. No matter what types of test are done the CPU’s performance does come into play. Testing IO is basically only testing the ability of the PCH. Thus what separates motherboards these days is their ability to provide functionality you need (read over clocking potential, RAID, multi GPU setup etc). But as the saying goes; when in Rome do as Romans do; we’ll put up some numbers to prove that we did spend time testing the board to dissect the ‘quantum’ difference between it and its peers!

System Specs

Motherboard MSI P67A-GD65 

MSI P67A-C43

Asus P8P67

Asus Sabertooth P67

Processor Core i7 2600K
Video HIS 6950 2GB
Memory G.Skill Sniper 2X4GB (1600MHzl CL9; 1.25V)
Hard Disk Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB (Both systems)
Power Corsair HX 620
OS Windows 7 (Service Pack 1)

Test Suite

Synthetic Sandra 2011X 264 Benchmark (HD V3) 

Cinebench

3D Mark 11 - Physics Test

Real World 7-ZipFar Cry 2 

Crysis Warhead

I/O Performance SATA - HD TunreUSB - Crystal Mark 3

LEGEND

S67 Asus Sabertooth P67
P67 Asus P8P67
C43 MSI P67A-C43
GD 65 MSI P67A-GD65

All benchmark indices are rounded off to the nearest 0.

Synthetics

Sandra

Sandra is a very competent stress testing and benchmarking suite.

You’ll need an electron microscope to discern between these products. The reliance of these benchmarks on CPU subsystem is great enough to negate differences produced by motherboard component choice

X264 HD V3 & Cinebench R11.5

This benchmark measures the encoding performance of the processor. It offers a standardized benchmark as the clip as well as the encoder used is uniform.

Cinebench is based on Maxon’s Cinema 4D. It is used to compare graphics as well as processor performance.

Non significant differences are apparent in these tests, but they can be attributed test run anomalies. They are not significant enough to pick apples from oranges!

3D Mark 11 –Physics Test & Games

This is the latest incarnation of one of the oldest graphics benchmarking suites. The latest incarnation supports DirectX 11. It has a physics test that emulates physics on the processor.

Games

The base line for all tests is a Core i7-950 processor running at its default speed (100%)

Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2 1680x1050
Benchmark Inbuilt 'Ranch Small' CPU
Rendering Path DX9 - Medium

Crysis -Warhead

Crysis Warhead 1680x1050
Benchmark Customized
Rendering Path DX9; Physics Set to Enthusiast

All the contenders cross the line at the same point. We’ll have to wait for higher speed cameras to point out the winner!

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