MSI FM-2 A85XA-G65 motherboard 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 FM2-A85X-G65


  • AMD A10 5800K

Graphics Cards

  • GeForce GTX 580


  • 2x4096MB DDR3 1600 MHZ C9

Power Supply Unit

  • 1200 EX Watt (80+ Gold Certified)


  • Dell 3007WFP - up to 2560x1600

OS related Software

Windows 7 64-bit SP1
DirectX 9/10/11 latest End User Runtime
Geforce 263.09 WHQL

Software benchmark suite

  • SiSoft Sandra
  • Aida
  • 3DMark06
  • 3DMark Vantage
  • 3DMark 11
  • Handbrake
  • WinZIP 16.5 OpenCL
  • Medialink Espresso
  • CineBENCH 11.5
  • FryRender
  • Far Cry 2
  • Crysis 2
  • Resident Evil

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


<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. 

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