MSI 890FXA-GD70 Review
Benchmarks Part One
3D Mark Vantage
Starting off with Vantage for a change we can see that the stock GD70 is very consistent across all phases of the test. However with our 800MHz overclock the difference was quite startling. 1000 points is quite an increase on the overall score, and the 3500 point increase in the CPU test showed how easily this MSI copes with the extra horsepower available.
7Zip is proof that sometimes a freeware bit of software can trump all the professional efforts. As befits such a behemoth of a processor we see fantastic scores at both stock and overclocked speeds, but it's always nice to see that the motherboard can easily cope with such fast movement of data.
Rendering has always, since Imagine on the Amiga, been something that demands more power than Stalin. Considering we're only running a HD5850 in our bench rig the OpenGL results are outstanding. We also see our 25% increase in CPU speed gave us a 25% increase in CPU Pts in the benchmark. Not bad from the GD70.
Everest Ultimate Edition
Moving on to Lavalys Everest we obtain our first disappointing result. The results of all the tests are about where we'd expect given this chip and our previous testing with it. However something clearly is up with whatever the PhotoWorxx result punishes because that score is well below what we would expect. Even overclocked it doesn't come up to our previous stock results.
The memory results aren't too bad. Not quite as good as we hoped. The transfer rates do slightly beat what we saw from the G65, but considering we're using a vastly more powerful processor they're somewhat disappointing. Perhaps this is the PhotoWorxx issue. Let's run some more testing and see.