3DMark05 and PCMark04 - FutureMark's Finest
We like to use 3DMark05 in motherboard tests because of its ability to run CPU intensive tests exclusive of the video modules. Here, we ran the CPU 1 and 2 tests and recorded the overall score that was issued. As a frame of reference, we included the results from an ASUS P5GDC-V Deluxe, configured with the same exact hardware. We will use the P5GDC-V as a comparison throughout the remainder of the review.
When we first reviewed the P5GDC-V, it put up a strong showing against the Soltek SL-915GPro-FGR we compared it to. Here, we see the same strong showing, with the 915P Neo2 lagging by 250 3DMarks. But, as we saw with the ASUS review, this trend can swing in the other direction just as quickly with PCMark04.
PCMark04 is an excellent tool for gauging a system's overall performance. In this test, the MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum topped the ASUS P5GDC-V in both CPU and Memory modules, slipping only in the graphics component. When averaged out, the MSI model came out on top, beating the impressive ASUS board by 50 PCMarks in total.
Next, we'll see how things go when we turn our attention to more real-world performance tests. The next phase of tests will focus on CPU intensive video encoding benchmarking.