Testing Configuration and Benchmarks Used

We compared the MSI Eclipse Plus against the MSI Eclipse SLI, 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 five of these motherboards have identical chipsets (minus the NF200 in the Eclipse Plus), similar specs, and comparable features. It should be interesting to see the performance differences as well as power consumption results during our benchmarks.

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Our test bench consisted of the following components:
CPU: Intel i7-920 (running at 2.8GHz, 133×21)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ Superclocked Edition (NVIDIA Driver 185.85) 
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 i7 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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