MSI 975X Platinum V.2 PowerUp Ed. - Real-World Apps and More

Article Index
MSI 975X Platinum V.2 PowerUp Ed.
Up Close and Board Features
975X Platinum BIOS Screenshots
Test Setup and Initial Testing
Overclocking and Software Applications
Synthetic Benchmarks - SiSoft and More
Real-World Apps and More
Game Tests and Conclusion

Real-World Apps & More: (continued)

We continue on our quest with PhotoShop CS2, Ultima Online Server and the 3DMark Series.

Photoshop CS2 Bench
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Ultima Online Server Load
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3DMark Series

As you can see in the PhotoShop CS 2 Benchmark above, the 975X scores in the middle of the pack at stock speed, but takes the lead by a very small margin when overclocked.  All of these motherboards perform very well, and the 975X only takes the lead because it clocks a bit higher than the competition.

Ultima Online Server Loading parses a lot of database information and requires fast CPU speed to get things done quickly.  The 975X Platinum board takes the lead at both stock and overclocked speeds, but only by a very small margin.  In fact, this is within margin of error, but we ran the test many times to gain an average so the results should be accurate.

As far as the 3DMark series goes, our Core 2 Duo E6600 coupled with a 7950GX2 falls short of the 10,000 point 3DMark06 barrier.  For comparison we only have data on the MSI 965P Neo-F as we didn't have the 7950GX2 when we reviewed the Gigabyte board.  In every case, the stock clocked 975X board wins out by a few points over the 965P motherboard, but not by much.  It is constantly faster though in this synthetic benchmark.

With that being said, let's head on to the last page and take a look at real game performance on these two boards.