MSI Z77 MPower Big Bang Motherboard Review
Multimedia and System Benchmark Testing
Handbrake was used to convert an uncompressed version of the Iron Man Blu-ray movie in MKV format to a compressed 720P MP4 format. The Iron Man MKV file was ripped from the Blu-ray disc in the past with the file size for the uncompressed media coming in at 26 GB. Handbrake was run with default settings enforced with the exception of Anamorphic set to Loose and Video width set to 1280. This test was repeated three times with the lowest repeatable conversion time recorded.
The Z77 MPOWER continues to show its mettle against the other Z77-based boards, able to crunch through the encoding process in just over 35 minutes. Video encoding is one of the more system intensive operations, so good performance here is key for measuring board performance.
Maxon Cinebench 11.5
Maxon’s Cinebench 11.5 benchmark can be used determine a system's ability to render 3D content based on their Cinema 4D animation software. The CPU benchmark test was run three times, with the highest reproducible Cinebench points score recorded.
No surprises here, the Z77 MPOWER performs exactly as expected in comparison to other test system.
Tech ARP x264 HD Benchmark
Tech ARP's x264 HD benchmark can be used to determine how fast the system can encode a 1080p type video clip to an x264-type format. The benchmark test was run three times, with the highest reproducible FPS (Frames per second) score recorded.
The Z77 MPOWER board continues to power through the tests, performing on par with the comparison system in this grueling 1080p based video encoding test.
PCMark 7 Professional
FutureMark Corporation’s PCMark 7 can be used to reliably ascertain a given system’s performance in a Windows 7-based non-gaming type use environment. The professional version of the benchmark test was run three times, with the highest reproducible PCMark scores recorded.
The Z77 MPOWER lags performs strongly in this collection of business app-based tests, in some cases outperforming the comparison system and in other, lagging slightly behind it.
FutureMark Corporation’s Peacekeeper browser-based online test can be used to determine system performance for web sites and web-based content. Using a Firefox browser, the benchmark test was run three times, with the highest reproducible Peacekeeper score recorded.
In this web-based media test, the Z77 MPOWER performs within expectations in comparison to the other system.