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MSI Big Bang Marshal (Intel P67 Express) Motherboard Review (Page 9)

By: Sean Kalinich from Jul 1, 2011 @ 9:41 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: MSI

Here is where we dig out the FutureMark tests.

PCMark Vantage

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.0.0

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

Product Homepage: www.futuremark.com

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For overall system performance we use PCMark Vantage. This is run in both x86 and x64 mode to give the best indication of performance.

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The Big Bang Marshal shows off again and the performance numbers are impressive. For both stock and overclocked performance it is at the top of the chart.

3DMark 11

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.1

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

Product Homepage: http://www.3dmark.com

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For synthetic gaming tests we used the industry standard and overlockers bragging tool 3DMark 11. 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 V11 uses the DX11 API in addition to having support for CPU based Physics. Gone are the days of the PhysX inclusion giving you inflated scores.

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Ok, the scores for 3D Mark 11 are very close together. But that is actually what you want to see. It shows that the board is not going to slow you down in your gaming. You can still see a difference in performance with Physics, but with the scores we are seeing you would probably not see a difference unless it was a seriously Physics heavy game.

Cinebench R11. x64

Version and / or Patch Used: R11.5 x64

Developer Homepage: http://www.maxon.net/

Product Homepage: www.maxon.net

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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.

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With Cinebench R11.5 the scores are very close again. There is only a difference of .02 between most of the boards we tested. The Marshal comes in near the bottom for stock speeds, but hits the number one spot with our 4.9GHz overclock.

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