MSI said on Monday that it has partnered with Futuremark to bundle select video cards and motherboards with the just-launched 3DMark Advanced Edition for Windows benchmark ($24.99) during the coming winter season.
MSI is actually the exclusive sponsor of the Fire Strike demo, the "showpiece" of 3DMark and a stunning demonstration of what high performance DirectX 11 gaming PCs can do. And thanks to the OEM's sponsorship, Futuremark is able to offer the 3DMark Basic Edition as a free download for all platforms.
"MSI is proud to, once again, cooperate with Futuremark on delivering a new and defining graphical benchmark with 3DMark," the company said. "The cooperation on the "Fire Strike" benchmark for high performance Windows gaming PC's is a continuation of our efforts in delivering the best Windows gaming performance with our current 3DMark 11 record holding combination of the Z77 MPOWER motherboard and R7970 Lightning graphics card."
Based on the announcement, 3DMark Advanced Edition will be bundled with MSI's N660 TF 2GD5/OC and R7950 TF 3GD5/OC BE cards, and its Z77 MPOWER motherboard. Bundle details may vary per country, the company said, but additional information can be found here.
The company has also opened the doors to an online overclocking competition called the "MSI 3DMark Challenge". From February 4 to March 3 (4 weeks), global overclocking professionals can compete by using MSI motherboards and graphics cards, and the Fire Strike test within 3DMark.
"The competition will be divided into two parts: the top two challengers using MSI Z77 MPOWER for the competition with the highest scores will each win great items such as the MSI R7970 Lightning Boost Edition graphics card and the Z77A-GD80 motherboard," MSI said. "The Z77A-GD55 Lucky Draw activity is opened to all challengers using MSI Z77 motherboards. To enter the Lucky Draw activity, all you have to do is upload your scores before February 10."