Overall System performance and Gaming
Here is where we dig out the FutureMark tests.
For overall system performance we use PCMark Vantage. This is run in both x86 and x64 mode to give the best indication of performance.
Ugh, I really cannot say much more than that. The scores we see here are terrible. The funny thing is that I was unable to find a direct cause for this. I tinkered with several settings in the BIOS, removed a few utilities and even rolled back the GPU driver to 10.4. None of this helped. We have an open ticket with MSI to see if we can find the cause of this issue and resolve it.
For synthetic gaming tests we used the industry standard and overlockers bragging tool 3DMark Vantage. This is a test that strives to mimic the impact modern games have on a system. Futuremark went a long way to change from the early days of graphics driven tests to a broader approach including physics, AI and more advanced graphics simulations. 3DMark Vantage uses the DX10 API in addition to having support for PhysX. As we are no longer using an NVIDIA GPU for testing (at least until we can get a GTX 4xx card) you will only see the CPU based PhysX results in the scores. For testing we use the Performance test run.
The Big Bang XPower does a decent job of handling the demands of 3DMark Vantage. However, there is still something that is not quite right here. We are seeing decent scores, but they are just a little off from where they really should be.
Cinebench R11. x64
Cinebench is a synthetic rendering tool developed by Maxon. Maxon is the same company that developed Cinema4D, another industry leading 3D Animation application. Cinebench R11.5 tests your systems ability to render across a single and multiple CPU cores. It also tests your systems ability to process OpenGL information.
With the power of a 980X and 6GB of good memory, the XPower makes short work of the CPU and OpenGL rendering tests here.