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MSI A88XM GAMING Motherboard and R9 280X TWIN FROZR GAMING Review

MSI A88XM GAMING Motherboard and R9 280X TWIN FROZR GAMING Review

MSI A88XM GAMING Motherboard featuring R9 280X TWIN FROZR GAMING Graphics Card Review

Performance

Installation

Test System:

MSI A88XM Gaming
MSI Radeon R9 280X Twin Frozr OC Gaming
AMD A10-7850K
2x 8GB AMD Radeon R9 Gaming Memory DDR3-2400

OCZ Vertex 460 for USB/SATA testing
OCZ Revodrive 350 for PCIe bandwidth

2x Intel 730 Series (480GB) Firmware L2010400
Plextor M6e (512GB) Firmware 1.0

Installed on Dimastech EasyXL Test Bench

Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
DirectX 11
Catalyst 14.4 Beta

Latest Drivers and OS/Game patches

BattleField 4
Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls
DOTA 2
Elder Scrolls Online
Titanfall
SiSoft Sandra
3DMark
dBpoweramp
ATTO Benchmark
Fraps
GPUz

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drive was performed (NTFS) and then Windows 8.1 was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, the hard drives were de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated).

Good Benchmarking Practice
Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware. Where appropriate any system recommended overclock was applied.

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Screenshot Gallery

Battlefield 4 settingsBattlefield 4 screenshot
Diablo 3 settingsDiablo 3 screenshot
Elder Scrolls Online settingsElder Scrolls Online screenshot
DOTA 2 settingsDOTA 2 settings
DOTA 2 screenshot

MSI A88XM Gaming lights

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Stuart Davidson

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