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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

With any system you will want to see a combination of synthetic testing and real-world. Synthetics give you a static, easily repeatable testing method that can be compared across multiple platforms. For our synthetic tests we use Finalwire's AIDA64, Sisoft Sandra, Futuremark's 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage, Cinebench as well as HyperPi. Each of these covers a different aspect of performance or a different angle of a certain type of performance.



Memory Bandwidth


Memory is a big part of current system performance. In most systems slow or flakey memory performance will impact almost every type of application you run. To test memory we use a combination of Sisoft Sandra, AIDA64 and HyperPi 0.99.



Sisoft Sandra


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The Big Bang Marshal has some good memory performance. We see performance numbers that are right on target for a P67 board.





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Replacing Everest in our labs is AIDA64. This new testing suite is from the core development team from Lavalys and continues that tradition. The guys have thrown in better support for multithreaded CPUs as well as full 64 bit support. We use this to test memory and HDDs for now, but may find ourselves opening this up to other areas of the motherboard.



Stock Memory Performance



Overclocked Memory Performance


The AIDA64 scores show us why the Sandy Bridge CPUs perform so well. Even running in Dual Channel mode, they get memory performance that is excellent.



HyperPi 0.99


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HyperPi is a front end for SuperPi that allows for multiple concurrent instances of SuperPi to be run on each core recognized by the system. It is very dependent on CPU to memory to HDD speed. The faster these components, the faster it is able to figure out the number Pi to the selected length.


For our testing we use the 32M run. This means that each of the four physical and four logical cores for the i7 and the four physical cores of the i5 is trying to calculate the number Pi out to 32 million decimal places. Each "run" is a comparative to ensure accuracy and any stability or performance issues in the loop mentioned above will cause errors in calculation.




The HyperPi times bode well for the Big Bang Marshal in some of our later tests that involve large calculations like LightWave and AutoGK.

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