Gaming Tests

MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) LGA 2011 ATX Motherboard Review - Motherboards 3


3DMark11 measures your PC’s gaming performance and makes extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11 including tessellation, compute shaders, and multi-threading.



MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) LGA 2011 ATX Motherboard Review - Motherboards 4

3DMark Vantage

A reliable and popular benchmark, 3DMark Vantage can provide a good insight into the overall gaming performance of a system.



Dirt 3

Dirt 3 is a rallying video game and the third in the Dirt series of the Colin McRae Rally series, developed and published by Codemasters. The game was released in Europe and North America on May 24, 2011.



Crysis 2

Crysis 2 is a first-person shooter video game developed by Crytek and published by Electronic Arts in March 2011 for Microsoft Windows. The game is the second installment of the Crysis series and is the sequel to the 2007 video game Crysis and its expansion Crysis Warhead.


After seeing how the MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) performed in 3DMark11, 3DMark Vantage, Dirt 3, and Crysis 2, I’m beginning to wonder what actual "optimizations" were made in regards to this board’s gaming prowess. The benchmark results don’t lie as both boards in our tests almost gave us identical scores. Both motherboards are giving us solid performance numbers, which is definitely a positive sign that these X79-based boards combined with the right components and drivers can give users a great gaming experience in today’s most taxing PC games.

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