MSI P55 GD85 Review

3D & Gaming Benchmarks

3D & Gaming Benchmarks

3D Mark Vantage

Once again we see the flaws of 3D Mark come to the fore. A great increase in CPU performance results in almost no gain at all in the Performance benchmark. Considering the P-Score test is run at 1280x1024 you'd think the extra CPU horsepower would shine here, but for whatever reason it doesn't. We'll be glad to see Futuremark release 3D Mark Vantage 2 and hopefully return to the scaling results we saw from 06.


Codemasters latest foray into the world of off-road racing, Dirt 2, is a great game with fantastic graphics and a very robust online component alongside a sturdy single-player game. Setting the in-game options as high as they would go, adding 4xAA and then testing using Fraps around the Battersea Bridge course we achieved the following results.

These are slightly anomalous because although there is only a 4FPS difference between stock and overclocked, the overclocked testing felt much smoother. Once again demonstrating why we test so comprehensively and don't rely on "feelings" for frame rates.

Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 is the slightly disappointing sequel to the behemoth that was Modern Warfare. Nonetheless it's graphically impressive and tests all the elements we require, and so is a nice benchmarking game.

At first we thought these results were wrong, but no matter how often we ran them they were right. Strange.

Crysis Warhead

Hopefully with footage appearing of the new Crytek engine we can soon retire Warhead off to pasture where it belongs. Until such time though there is nothing quite like it for pushing a system.

Again we see some curious results with only a 3FPS gain between the stock and overclocked settings. Not bad, but not quite what we were hoping.

Time to wrap this up.

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