We used 3DMark‘s ‘Fire Strike’ benchmark which is designed to be used on gaming PCs. We opted for the Normal setting, NOT the Extreme mode.
Sandra Processor Arithmetic
Sandra Memory Bandwidth
MSI’s marginally higher CPU frequency gives it performance advantages in 3DMark’s physics test and Sandra’s CPU arithmetic benchmark. The close results between the Asus and MSI boards show that the CPU speed boost alone is to thank for performance differences.
Unsurprisingly, Sandra’s memory bandwidth test shows that MSI’s X99S Gaming 7 and its 2800MHz CL16 memory cannot compete with Asus’ X99 Deluxe and the 3000MHz CL15 RAM that accompanied it.