|MSI Z77 MPOWER LGA1155 Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 02 October 2012|
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Motherboard Testing Methodology
After a few years of testing motherboards, I've noticed that motherboards based on the same chipset tend to have very similar performance. This wasn't always the case, but now that the memory controller's in the processor, and the PCI-E lanes are in the chipset, it's not surprising that everyone's "Y22" chipset motherboard performs pretty much alike...at stock settings, anyway.
According to MSI, this motherboard is all about overclocking. The enhanced power circuitry, extra power connectors, and burn-in test are all to support this. Here's what MSI says about their burn-in test:
"OC Certified is an all-new standard for overclocking stability and a major extension of MSI's Military Class certification. OC Certified is MSI's overclocking testing procedure to guarantee stable overclocking results. The Military Class burn-in test for OC Certified is the 24-hour Prime95 burn-in test with a liquid-cooled overclocked CPU."
I would be more impressed if MSI had said which CPU they used and what the overclock was. Still, a 24-hour burn in is unique in the industry as far as I know. I'll test the motherboard using the synthetic AIDA64 benchmark's CPU tests as well as a "real world" benchmark, SPECviewperf, at stock, OC Genie overclock settings, and the best "hand tuned" overclock I can reach. MSI's "OC Genie" took the 3.9GHz boost speed of the 3770K to 4.2GHz, and I was able to reach 4.7GHz with hand tweaking.
Let's start out with AIDA64 synthetic benchmarks.