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MSI P35 Diamond Motherboard - Test System Setup and Memory Performance

We look at MSI's top dog DDR3 based P35 motherboard which includes X-Fi sound and Circu-pipe cooling.

| Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Feb 1, 2008 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: MSI

Test System

 

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad QX6700 @ 3GHz (9x333MHz)

 

Memory: 2x 1GB DDR3-1600XMP OCZ (Supplied by OCZ)

 

Hard Disk: 1TB Seagate 7200.11 (Supplied by Seagate Australia)

 

Graphics Card: MSI GeForce 8800GTS 640MB (Supplied by MSI)

 

Cooling: GIGABYTE 3D Galaxy II (Supplied by GIGABYTE)

 

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2

 

Drivers: Intel INF 8.3.1.1009, Forceware 163.21

 

Our test systems today are both MSI motherboards; there's the X48 Platinum which is the high-end series of board on offer, and of course the P35 Diamond which both manage to clock to a similar setup. Stock tests were done with the memory at 1333MHz which is the highest official JEDEC standard for DDR3 at the current stage, using a CPU multiplier of 9x and an FSB of 333MHz.

 

For overclocking we had the memory at a 1:1 ratio with the MSI X48 using a 558MHz FSB and 6x multiplier and the MSI P35 Diamond with a 551MHz FSB and 6x ratio.

 

EVEREST Ultimate Edition

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2006

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.lavalys.com

 

Product Homepage: http://www.lavalys.com

 

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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.

 

 

 

The P35's memory controller isn't as tweaked up as the X48, thus we see the P35 Diamond fall behind in both overclocked and stock speeds.

 

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