MSI X58 PRO-E Motherboard Review

We take a look at another offering from MSI. Think of this one as a budget oriented X58 board that's pretty much all business. It brings SLI and CrossfireX support to a more mainstream price point. The board's packaging sports a "Gaming Series" logo on it which is a telltale sign of who they are targeting with this product.

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Gaming Benchmarks

As always, these benchmarks in no way represent real-world gameplay. They are all run at very low resolutions to try our best to remove the video card as a bottleneck. I will not hesitate to say that anyone spouting these types of framerate measurements as a true measuring tool in today’s climate is not servicing your needs or telling you the real truth.

The gaming tests below have been put together to focus on the processor power exhibited by each system. All the tests below consist of custom time demos built with stressing the CPU in mind. So much specialized coding comes into the programming now days we suggest that looking at gaming performance by using real-world gameplay is the only sure way to know what you are going to get with a specific game. Our CPUs & Real-World Gameplay Scaling would be a great place to start.

Graphs are labeled as follows: Motherboard - CPU Clock - FSB Clock - Memory Clock

Lost Planet

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Lost Planet is one of those few games that is actually capable of taking advantage of multiple CPU cores. It can handle up to 8 threads. While it would let us select 12 threads, the test didn't hold that setting. Only 8 threads were actually used here. It is interesting to note that when compared to other Core i7 quad core based system with HT, the 6 core CPU's real physical cores seem to make all the difference.

Call of Juarez

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We see similar results across the board indicating that everything is working as it should with this GPU limited benchmark.

Quake 4

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While the Doom 3 engine is a little long in the tooth, Quake 4 still scales well with newer hardware as we can see here. The MSI X58 PRO-E does not disappoint in this test.

Crysis SP Demo

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Crysis loves CPU cores and it shows.