Testing Configuration and Benchmarks Used

We compared the MSI Eclipse SLI against the MSI X58 Platinum and two of Gigabyte’s entry-level and enthusiast-level LGA 1366 boards – the GA-X58-UD3R and GA-X58-UD5. All four of these motherboards have very comparable specs and features, so we expect our benchmark results to reflect those similarities.

 

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Our test bench consisted of the following components:
CPU: 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

Our 64-bit test bench for Core i7 processors includes 6 GBs 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 3.0.1.0 – SATA, eSATA, USB

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