Sandra Arithmetic tells a sad tale about the new system’s motherboard at its default settings. Since both builds sport the same CPU, a performance difference this large can only be attributed to differences in processor multiplier.
Of course, we're also assuming that anyone who actually uses this machine is going to overclock it to similar effect. So, the victory there is reassuring.
Finding similar losses in Sandra Multimedia, we checked to see how well Intel Turbo Boost technology was working on MSI’s board. Its top 38x almost never showed itself, and only then we saw it under moderate single-core loads. Meanwhile, it stuck at 34x in most threaded programs.
Disappointed by the so-called high-end memory from our previous build, we tried running overclockable lower-cost parts in the new PC, only to be foiled by an MSI firmware that wasn’t overclock-friendly to DRAM. Chalk it up to round two of disappointment, resulting in lower memory bandwidth numbers.
- A Bigger Budget For A Better PC
- Motherboard, CPU, And RAM
- Graphics, Case, And Power
- SSD, Hard Drive, And Optical Drive
- The Build
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Benchmark Results: Crysis And F1 2010
- Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2 And Metro 2033
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Are Liquid-Cooled Graphics Cards Worth The Extra Expense?