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MSI P6N SLI Platinum Motherboard Review - Page 7 of 10

DUAL CORE CENTER

MSI has one of the better auto overclocking utilities with their Dynamic Overclock Technology (D.O.T.) and the Quick User's Guide does a good job in covering the featurte. I just prefer to do it manually. However, I do find the user profile setup in the Dual Core Center to be useful. It provides an optional means of setting/adjusting the clocks and storing up to 3 separate profiles. The current Dual Core Center application does not provide for setting the NB voltage for the P6N SLI Platinum and this must be set in the BIOS. However, you can easily adjust FSB, memory clock, make voltage adjustments to the Vcore and memory, and some fan speed adjustments.

MSI Dual Core Center

Once activated you can get Dual Core Center to display on your desktop as above. I did not mess with the AV, Game, Office, Silence, and Cool presets on the left side of the Dual Core Center display. The Temp, FSB, and CPU Clock read-outs corresponded to readings in the BIOS and further agreed with read-outs supplied by CPU-Z. Just below the MSI logo is a button to open the User Profile screen.

VGA and Motherboard Settings

The Default Profile panel makes for easy work in adjusting VGA clocks as well as motherboard clocks relating to FSB settings. The indicated FSB of 267MHz gives the corresponding CPU clock along with usage of the CPU cores in percentage. In this case the read-outs reflect those of the defaults for the E6600 Core 2 Duo processor used in this review. The four buttons at the top allow you to open the screen for setting temperature, fan, voltage, and clocks.

Profile Management

You can save up to three profiles plus the default clock in the User Defined panel.

Profile 3 Settings

In User Profile 3, as pictured above, you can see the adjusted settings for FSB clock, CPU fan speed, Vcore voltage, DDR voltage, and the PCI-E voltage, which by the way is default at 1.50V. You can set the FSB and fan speed settings for the CPU from this panel. The optional NB fan does appear to have RPM monitoring capability so maybe a BIOS update is all that is needed. The VGA settings are adjustable for the NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2 although the defaults, as shown, will be used throughout this review.

Next Page: Test System and Overclocking

Last Updated on April 24, 2007


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