MSI Big Bang X58 XPower review

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Hardware and Software Used

Hardware and Software Used

Now we begin the benchmark portion of this article, but first let me show you our test system plus the software we used.


MSI Big Bang X58 XPower


  • Intel Core i7 980X Extreme Edition (engineering sample)

Graphics Cards

Radeon HD 5870 1024MB


OCZ Blade (3x2048MB) DDR3 @ 1333 MHz CAS7

Power Supply Unit

BFG 1200 EX Watt (DXX PCIe 2.0 model)


Dell 3007WFP - up to 2560x1600

OS related Software

Windows 7 64-bit
DirectX 9/10/11 latest End User Runtime
Catalyst 10.2

Software benchmark suite

SiSoft Sandra
Lavalys Everest
3DMark Vantage
Medialink Espresso
CineBENCH 11.5
Crysis WarHEAD
Far Cry 2
Battlefield Bad Company 2

A word about 'FPS'

What are we looking for in gaming performance wise? First off, obviously Guru3D tends to think that all games should be played at the best image quality (IQ) possible. There's a dilemma though, IQ often interferes with the performance of a graphics card. We measure this in FPS, the number of frames a graphics card can render per second, the higher it is, the more fluently your game will display itself.

A game's frames per second (FPS) is a measured average of a series of tests. That test is often a time demo, a recorded part of the game which is a 1:1 representation of the actual game and its gameplay experience. After forcing the same image quality settings; this timedemo is then used for all graphics cards so that the actual measuring is as objective as can be.

Frames per second Gameplay
<30 FPS very limited gameplay
30-40 FPS average yet very playable
40-60 FPS good gameplay
>60 FPS best possible gameplay
  • So if a graphics card barely manages less than 30 FPS, then the game is not very playable, we want to avoid that at all cost.
  • With 30 FPS up-to roughly 40 FPS you'll be very able to play the game with perhaps a tiny stutter at certain graphically intensive parts. Overall a very enjoyable experience. Match the best possible resolution to this result and you'll have the best possible rendering quality versus resolution, hey you want both of them to be as high as possible.
  • When a graphics card is doing 60 FPS on average or higher then you can rest assured that the game will likely play extremely smoothly at every point in the game, turn on every possible in-game IQ setting.
  • Over 100 FPS? You have either a MONSTER graphics card or a very old game.
MSI Big Bang X58 XPower

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