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MSI P35 Platinum Combo Intel P35 Express Motherboard Review

MSI P35 Platinum Combo Intel P35 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With the Intel P35 Express chipset, users have two memory options; DDR2 and DDR3 RAM. The latter is certainly the future-proof option although it is still somewhat costly, while the former is firmly on the road to obsolescence.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Sep 09 2008   Max Page  
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Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark06, Quake 4, FEAR

Futuremark 3DMark06 1.0.2 Source: FutureMark

3DMark06 is the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests. 3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportFuturemark 3DMark06 1.0.2
Overall: Points Ranking
Asus P5NT Deluxe (NF 780i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 9612
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 9566
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 Onboard GF 7150) 384
MSI X48 Platinum (X48 333/1333) 9775
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 9360
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 333/800 DDR2) 9415
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 333/1333 DDR3) 9355
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 9409
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 9385
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 9230
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/800 DDR2) 9753
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/1333 DDR3) 9751
CPU: Points Ranking
Asus P5NT Deluxe (NF 780i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 2377
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 2345
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 Onboard GF 7150) 2352
MSI X48 Platinum (X48 333/1333) 2367
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 2373
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 333/800 DDR2) 2413
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 333/1333 DDR3) 2386
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 2399
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 2384
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 2344
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/800 DDR2) 2378
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/1333 DDR3) 2380

3DMark06 results between all platforms are about the same... then again, this test is more of a videocard benchmark anyway. There is no significant difference between the two memory types.

ID Software Quake 4 1.04

Source: id Software

Quake 4 is the latest shooter from ID and is based on the Doom 3 engine. Tweaked to for more eye candy, Quake 4 promises to be tougher on videocards and systems than its predecessor was. Quake 4 also does not have a 60 fps limiter like Doom 3, with the Ultra setting, graphic textures can surpass the 500MB mark! Each test is run three times and with the third run being recorded.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportID Software Quake 4 1.04
LQ 640x480: Points Ranking
Asus P5NT Deluxe (NF 780i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 221.4
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 213.7
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 Onboard GF 7150) 23.3
MSI X48 Platinum (X48 333/1333) 217.5
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 221.6
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 333/800 DDR2) 227.6
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 333/1333 DDR3) 220.4
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 215.2
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 224.5
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 207.1
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/800 DDR2) 206.7
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/1333 DDR3) 218
UQ 1024x768: Points Ranking
Asus P5NT Deluxe (NF 780i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 205.6
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 191.6
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 Onboard GF 7150) 52.7
MSI X48 Platinum (X48 333/1333) 223.6
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 208.5
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 333/800 DDR2) 208.9
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 333/1333 DDR3) 206.3
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 206.1
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 207.9
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 183.7
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/800 DDR2) 205.06
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/1333 DDR3) 214.3

The MSI P35 Platinum Combo clearly prefers DDR3 memory in Quake 4.

Sierra FEAR 1.08

Source: Sierra

FEAR is Sierra's latest first person shooter which relies heavily on DirectX 9 features. With its "Soft Shadows" feature enabled, even the fastest videocards run at a crawl, FEAR is definitely the new benchmark for future FPS games to follow.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSierra FEAR 1.08
Minimum 640x480: Points Ranking
Asus P5NT Deluxe (NF 780i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 568
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 545
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 Onboard GF 7150) 145
MSI X48 Platinum (X48 333/1333) 567
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 563
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 333/800 DDR2) 575
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 333/1333 DDR3) 562
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 554
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 572
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 551
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/800 DDR2) 545
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/1333 DDR3) 554
Maximum 1024x768: Points Ranking
Asus P5NT Deluxe (NF 780i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 137
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 134
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 Onboard GF 7150) 3
MSI X48 Platinum (X48 333/1333) 134
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 124
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 333/800 DDR2) 130
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 333/1333 DDR3) 123
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 124
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 125
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 126
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/800 DDR2) 135
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/1333 DDR3) 134

FEAR results also show that games slightly prefer the lower latencies of DDR2 memory over DDR3. That may change with quad core processors but then again the software must also support that feature too.

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer P35 Platinum Combo
 Pg 1.  MSI P35 Platinum Combo Intel P35 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Intel P35 Express and ICH9 Chipsets
 Pg 3.  MSI P35 Platinum Combo Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  Overclocking, BIOS and Test Specs
 Pg 5.  — Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark06, Quake 4, FEAR
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 9.  Conclusions: A good dual-memory motherboard

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