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DFI vs. MSI - Conroe 975X Motherboards Tested - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and Sandra

Today we look at two 975X motherboards from DFI and MSI. We'll overclock them and work out which is your best choice.

| Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 19, 2006 4:00 am

Test System Setup

 

Processor: Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 (Supplied by Intel)

 

Memory: 2x 1GB DDR2-1066 Corsair running at 1:1 (Supplied by Corsair)

 

Hard Disk: 500GB Seagate 7200.9 (Supplied by Seagate)

 

Graphics Card: nVidia GeForce 7800GT

 

Cooling: Gigabyte Neon775 (Supplied by Gigabyte)

 

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2

 

Drivers: Intel INF 8.1.1.1002, nVidia ForceWare 91.31 and DX9c

 

Our test systems were kept as close to 2.93GHz (266MHz x 11 - default speed of the X6800 Conroe) as possible when overclocked.

 

We used an 8x multiplier on the DFI motherboard to get 3.02GHz (378MHz x 8) and on the MSI motherboard we used the same 8x multiplier which gave us a clock speed of 2.89GHz (362MHz x 8). The processors will likely be able to obtain a higher overall clock speed but we are only interested in the maximum FSB obtainable in our tests.

 

In all of our tests, the memory was running at 1:1 ratio with the CPU FSB. This will give an advantage to the motherboards which are able to overclock further.

 

SiSoft Sandra

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2007

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.sisoftware.co.uk

 

Product Homepage: http://sisoftware.jaggedonline.com/index.php?location=home&a=TTA&lang=en

 

Buy It Here

 

 

SiSoft Sandra (System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is a synthetic Windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.

 

 

At stock speeds we see all boards equal but when the OC factor kicks in, the DFI board goes slightly ahead due to a higher FSB.

MSI 975X Platinum Motherboard

 

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