MSI was anxious to see how Intel's new platform improved enthusiast overclocking potential. Unfortunately, Panther Point is only half of the Maho Bay platform, and until the Ivy Bridge embargo expires later this month, we're stuck using the same Sandy Bridge-based chips for our tuning exploits.
Now that the memory controller is on the CPU of every Intel platform, voltage stability and trace routing improvements are the only methods motherboard manufacturers can use to improve overclocking. Our CPU overclocks almost identically on both MSI-based motherboards, regardless of whether we're tuning the processor's cores or memory controller.
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Wasn't the MVP software to account for the "dips" in performance for discrete video cards?Reply
Could you guys provide a video showing the differences between a run with the MVP and without? With V-Sync on also.
Nice review, BTW. Thanks for it 8)
You bolded PCIE 2.0 for Panther Point but forgot to change it to PCIE 3.0Reply
Tom, should we expect much of an advantage when ivy bridge is used?Reply
IB and z77 VS. IB and z68?
On page three you label the MSI Z68A-GD80 motherboard as Intel Z77 Express when it should obviously be Z68.Reply
Made me do a double take!
confish21Tom, should we expect much of an advantage when ivy bridge is used?IB and z77 VS. IB and z68?Reply
Don't expect them to tell you, they're still under Intel's NDA.
is this a joke? we need to have at lease 2 pcie lanes at 16x speed for serious gaming...2 lanes at 8x will be bringing down your true capability of the graphic cards...thanks but not thanks...i will stick with my x58 chip for nowReply
aicomYou bolded PCIE 2.0 for Panther Point but forgot to change it to PCIE 3.0No, the Z77 and all Panther Point chipest are indeed 8x lanes of PCIe 2.0, so Thomas's article is correct. Don't confuse GPU PCIe lanes with Chipset PCIe lanes. However, Thomas knows that I too 'wish' the LGA 1155 was PCIe 3.0 clean, it sure would help with other chipset 'sharing' issues (bottlenecks).Reply
Where's the performance increase with the z77 over the z68? The new features are a plus but, previews I've seen so far suggest that the z77's are slower than the z68.Reply
What's up with that? Do the z77's require the Ivy Bridge CPU to take full advantage? Sounds like possible driver and/or most likely BIOS issues as others have pointed out elsewhere on page 2 of the z77 Motherboard Discussion thread.
This Lucidlogix Virtu software looks very promising. Certainly it needs a lot of improvment but I think that they will do good job having intel as a partnerReply
nebunis this a joke? we need to have at lease 2 pcie lanes at 16x speed for serious gaming...2 lanes at 8x will be bringing down your true capability of the graphic cards...thanks but not thanks...i will stick with my x58 chip for nowpoppycock, even high end cards can't even come close to saturateing a 8x slotReply
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFMzRZqFh-w get learned yo