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MSI Big Bang Marshal (Intel P67 Express) Motherboard Review

By: Sean Kalinich | Socket LGA 1155 in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 1, 2011 2:41 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: MSI

Real-world testing allows us to see how well a product will perform when used in the same manner as it would be in your house or office. It is an important side to performance testing as it can uncover hidden glitches in the way a product performs.

 

It is especially true when testing a mainboard; there are so many components of a board that have to interact that any problems between parts can cause a failure of the whole.

 

For real-world testing we use some common applications and functions. We test with LightWave 3D for rendering performance, AutoGK for transcoding from DVD to AVI and two games for gaming testing.

 

 

Rendering

 

Rendering of 3D Animation is a system intensive endeavor. You need a good CPU, memory and HDD speed to get good rendering times. For our testing we use LightWave 3D. This software from Newtek is an industry standard and has several pre-loaded scenes for us to use.

 

 

LightWave 3D

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 9.6

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

Product Homepage: http://www.newtek.com/lightwave/

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Remember the great memory and HDD scores? Well, the Marshal comes back and shows that it can put those to good use.

 

 

AutoGK

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.55

Developer Homepage: http://www.autogk.me.uk/

Product Homepage: http://www.autogk.me.uk/

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AutoGK stands for Auto Gordian Knot; it is a suite of transcoding tools that are compiled into an easy to install and use utility. It allows you to transcode non-protected DVDs and other media to Xvid or Divx format. For our testing purposes we use a non-DRM restricted movie that is roughly 2 hours in length. This is transcoded to a single Xvid AVI at 100% quality.

 

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Oddly enough the Marshal loses ground in the AutoGK tests. At stock speeds it is almost 40 seconds slower than the next board in line. When overclocked the Marshal is still behind, despite having a clock speed that is 100 MHz faster.

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