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MSI Big Bang XPOWER Intel X58 motherboard review

For as long as I can remember enthusiasts around the world have been keen to see how their systems perform with many commercially available benchmarks from such companies as Futuremark. While these applications are extremely useful to a wide audience sometimes it can be helpful to focus on a ‘real world’ application which many of us use on an almost daily basis.

When I was in charge of DriverHeaven I wrote a scripted benchmark which was not only used to help users ascertain system specific performance levels but was useful in reviews to accurately measure performance in key areas. Leading tech sites such as Madshrimps, Benchmark Reviews and Hardocp used my benchmark in their reviews also.

You can get the KitGuru Photoshop Benchmark 1(4) here

KitGuru PS Bench 1(4) MSI Big Bang eVGA X58
1. Texturiser (1) 2.2 2.2
2. CMYK 1.9 2.0
3. RGB 1.9 1.9
4. Ink Outlines 31.9 32.2
5. Dust & Stratches 3.2 3.2
6. Watercolor 28.4 28.6
7. Texturiser (2) 2.0 2.0
8. Stained Glass 25.1 25.8
9. Mosiac Tiles 15.1 15.2
10. Extrude 167.2 167.4
11. Rough Pastels 13.9 14.0
12. Smart Blur 97.7 98.1
13. Underpainting 36.8 37.0
14. Mosiac Tiles 14.3 14.3
15. Spherize 2.9 3.0
16. Palette Knife 23.7 23.8
17. Sponge 41.8 41.9
18. Smudge Stick 13.6 13.8
Total 523.6 526.4

There is just under 3 seconds difference between the MSI and the eVGA board which while not a huge amount , does show some bandwidth benefits with the MSI configuration.

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