MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt Motherboard Review
Synthetic Benchmark Testing
SiSoft Sandra 2012
The Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt performed on par with the competing Intel Z77 system, indicating proper functioning on the board's CPU and memory subsystems.
LinX is a graphical interface for CPU-based testing using the Intel Linpack benchmarks. It serves as a good indicator of proper system CPU functioning and is considered one of the most intensive CPU benchmarks currently available. LinX was run with Memory set to All and for a total of 3 runs. This test was repeated three times with the highest repeatable GFlops (Giga-Floating Point Operations Per Second) score recorded.
The Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt again performs within expectations, further indicating that everything is working optimally under the hood.
7-Zip is an open-source file compression and decompression software. File compression and decompression are very system and memory intensive, acting as a good indicator for system performance. The 7-Zip benchmark test was run with a 32MB dictionary size, 4 CPU threads active, and for 10 passes per test. The included benchmark test was repeated three times with the highest repeatable MIPS (Millions of Instructions Per Second) scores recorded.
The Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt again sticks close to the other Intel Z77-base board performance-wise. In this test, good performance is a key metric to ascertaining system health because of the memory intensive nature of the benchmarking tests performed.
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