Testing Configuration and Benchmarks Used

We compared the MSI X58 Platinum against two of Gigabyte’s entry-level and enthusiast-level boards – the GA-X58-UD3R and GA-X58-UD5. All three of these boards have very comparable specs and features, so we expect our benchmark results to be similar as well.

Our test bench consisted of the following components:
Intel i7-920 (running at 2.66GHz, 133×20)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ Superclocked Edition
RAM: OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600
PSU: PC Power & Cooling 750W 80 PLUS
HD: Western Digital 160GB SATA
Operating System: Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

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Our 64-bit test bench for Core i7 processors includes 6GB of RAM, a GeForce 9800GTX+ graphics card, and a Western Digital 160GB SATA hard drive for storage. This configuration is based off a typical mid-range users system.

Benchmarks used:

  • SiSoft Sandra 2009 SP1
  • CineBench 10
  • LAME 3.97a MP3 Encoder
  • Handbrake DVD compression
  • 3DMark Vantage
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Far Cry 2
  • PCMark Vantage
  • HDTach – SATA, eSATA, USB
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