Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad QX6700 @ 3GHz (9x333MHz)
Memory: 2x 1GB DDR3-1600XMP OCZ (Supplied by OCZ)
Hard Disk: 500GB Seagate 7200.9 (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 184.108.40.2069, Forceware 163.21
Today's test setup is identical to our previous MSI X48 Platinum review. We have compared MSI's motherboard to the ASUS P5E3 Premium WiFi as this is the type of market that each board is going after; high performance, overclocking and enthusiasts.
Our overclocking tests are pushed to the limits with regards to the FSB. Memory is always set to run 1:1 in overclocked mode. Our ASUS board ran with a 562MHz FSB where the MSI board was running 558MHz, so in all not very much between the two boards in terms of overclocking. For stock speeds we set the CPU to 333MHz, the ratio of 9x to give us 3.0GHz speed and the memory set to DDR3-1333MHz which is the highest JEDEC approved setup apart from XMP which requires an FSB of 400MHz.
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.
In terms of memory performance at stock speeds, both boards are neck and neck. When overclocked we see only a slight lead to the ASUS board thanks to a few more MHz, but simply put, nothing to really give it a super edge on the MSI board.