Test System Setup
Processor: Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 (Supplied by Intel)
Memory: 2x 1GB DDR2-8500 Corsair (Supplied by Corsair)
Hard Disk: 500GB Seagate 7200.9 SATA (Supplied by Seagate )
Graphics Card: 2 x MSI Radeon X1950 Pro in Crossfire (Supplied by MSI)
Cooling: Gigabyte Neon775 (Supplied by Gigabyte)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2
Drivers: Intel INF 126.96.36.1991 and ATI Catalyst 7.1
Our test systems consist of the MSI P965 Platinum at stock speed and the Gigabyte P965-DQ6, our reliable and trusted overclocking king so far.
We ran the tests using stock speeds and the highest FSB speed we managed to obtain while trying to keep the CPU as close to stock speeds as possible to show the difference the overclocking can make.
This means the MSI board is operating at a clock speed of 2904MHz (484MHz FSB x 6) and the Gigabyte DQ6 is operating at a clock speed of 2982MHz (497MHz FSB x 6). The memory on both boards are operating at 1:1.
Let's get started and see how MSI fairs against the DQ6.
EVEREST Ultimate Edition
Version and / or Patch Used: 2006
Developer Homepage: http://www.lavalys.com
Product Homepage: http://www.lavalys.com
EVEREST Ultimate Edition is an industry leading system diagnostics and benchmarking solution for enthusiasts PC users, based on the award-winning EVEREST Technology. During system optimizations and tweaking it provides essential system and overclock information, advanced hardware monitoring and diagnostics capabilities to check the effects of the applied settings. CPU, FPU and memory benchmarks are available to measure the actual system performance and compare it to previous states or other systems.
At stock speed the MSI board is just slightly slower than the Gigabyte DQ6.
When overclocked, thanks to the higher FSB attained, Gigabyte is able to keep ahead in the bandwidth area. Latencies across the board are identical.