As we mentioned in our introduction, we're going to be working with our P67 test bed today using the i7 2600k at just its default clock speed. We'll of course be running our full video card line-up when it comes to games today, as the focus of the article is the gaming performance of the machine.
For graphics we're using the GTX 580 1536 from MSI which has quickly become a favorite video card thanks to the amount of performance on offer, and for RAM we're using the Corsair Dominator 2133MHz 4GB kit.
Let's get started!
3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world's most popular benchmark. Designed to measure your PC's gaming performance 3DMark 11 makes extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11 including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading. Trusted by gamers worldwide to give accurate and unbiased results, 3DMark 11 is the best way to consistently and reliably test DirectX 11 under game-like loads.
Under 3DMark 11 we can see a small boost in performance in both presets. While we would probably put the X one down to a bit of fluctuation, the difference between the P one is a little more substantial. Let's see what happens as we go along.