MSI P55 GD85 Review
Today we're running our standard set of tests, and we're going to be utilising the MSI P55-GD85 at stock settings, and also at 4GHz. We're keeping the memory speed the same with both overclocked and stock to ensure the results are not skewed by the extra RAM speed. Naturally we could go the whole hog and overclock everything, but the more performance you eek out of every department the less comparable the results are. It's more important to show the benefit you can achieve merely by hitting the OC Genie button, than by spending days running Linpack and tweaking.
Lavalys Everest Ultimate
Everest Ultimate Edition is something we always enjoy using here in the OC3D bunker as it provides voluminous information about every last aspect of your computer, whilst also being able to give speedy benchmark results that are valid between reviews regardless of the hardware on test.
Firstly the CPU tests. These show a great improvement across the board, as one would expect from an extra GHz of processing power. Worth noting is that at stock settings the GD85 easily matches the results we obtained from the vastly more expensive ASUS Maximus III Extreme, and it's only in the overclocked state that the Maximus pulls ahead. Considering the enormous price difference between the two this is an excellent showing from MSI.
The memory tests proved quite surprising as even though the memory was run at the same speed at both stock and overclocked settings, the extra oomph the overclock provides gives huge gains in memory performance.
SiSoft Sandra is an alternative to Everest that provides a similar level of information, but a different benchmark theory. This is wonderful for our needs as it gives us lots of different angles to double check our performance results.
The memory bandwidth test shows a nice linear increase in both Floating Point and Integer calculations, with both providing a 0.7 GB/s increase.
The Dhrystone and Whetstone tests definitely show that even at stock the MSI is no slouch, but the extra horsepower obtained from just pushing a button reaps enormous rewards.
Let's see if these translate to more real world tests.