MSI Big Bang XPower Review: X58, Military Style

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Test Systems, SiSoft Sandra

How we configured our test systems: 

How we configured our test systems:  When configuring our test systems for this article, we first entered their respective system BIOSes and activated AHCI. Memory timings, voltages, and CPU speeds were set to Auto; the RAM was run at 1333MHz, with default timings enabled. Windows 7 64-bit was installed and fully patched on both systems.


 HotHardware's Test System
 Intel Inside

MSI Big Bang XPower
Gigabyte X58A-UD3R
EVGA X58 SLI Classified

Intel Core i7-920
(2.66GHz - Quad-Core, HT Enabled)
Corsair Dominator 6GB (3x2GB)
DDR3-1600 CAS 9-9-9-24

Graphics Card:
ATI Radeon 5970

Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Black (1TB)

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Intel Chipset (5/4/2010)
ATI Catalyst 10.5

SiSoft Sandra 2010 SP1
Synthetic Benchmark Performance

We began testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA, which stands for System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We examine a CPU's multimedia and arithmetic performance using Sandra, as well as the motherboard's peak memory bandwidth. The difference between the two platforms should be minor given their identical configurations.


Nothing surprising here--not that there should be. Benchmarks should be identical across all three boards, and Sandra shows everything on track.

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