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MSI P7N SLI Platinum Motherboard Review - Page 4 of 5

BIOS SETTINGS

Upon entering the BIOS for the first time, I configured the RAM timings according to their specifications. This was accomplished under the Advance DRAM Configuration menu as illustrated in the screenshot below.

Advance DRAM Configuration

The next stop was at the Cell Menu, which allows CPU ratio, clock speeds and voltages to be maintained. The front side bus (FSB) was operating at a frequency of 1333MHz, while the memory was clocked at 800MHz. The D.O.T. and Intel EIST settings were both disabled to reduce interference with manual overclocking.

BIOS Cell Menu

The PCI-E frequency remained at the default of 100MHz. At the bottom of the screen are CPU, memory and FSB voltage adjustments. Voltage adjustments for the northbridge and southbridge are further down the menu.

OVERCLOCKING

Readings from the popular CPU-Z utility revealed a core clock speed of 3000MHz, a FSB of 1333MHz and core voltage of 1.312v. Further efforts to increase performace were unsuccessful as 1367MHz caused system instability. Further testing is warranted as this Q6600 processor has run above 3.6GHz on another motherboard and different memory.

CPU Information

Memory Information

Northbridge and southbridge temperatures hovered around the 40°C mark during testing. With the Thermalright Ultra-120 extreme, the CPU idled just below 20 °C. The SuperPI 32M test pushed temperatures up to 20°C while game stress testing is on the future agenda. I should mention that each of the 2GB sticks of Patriot PC6400LLK memory remained cool with their large finned heatsinks.

Super Pi / Temperatures

TEST SYSTEM

Hardware and Operating System

  • Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 - 2.4GHz - 4MB L2 Cache
  • MSI P7N SLI Platinum Motherboard
  • Patriot PC2-6400 800MHz (4-4-4-12) 2x2GB DDR2, 4GB Kit
  • Western Digital Raptor X w/16MB Cache, 10,000 RPM, 150GB SATA HDD
  • MSI N9600GT, T2D512, 700MHz / 1900MHz DDR / 1680MHz
  • PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad power supply
  • Gateway FPD2485W LCD monitor
  • Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 / DirectX 9.0c

Test Applications

  • Sisoft Sandra - v11
  • SuperPI Mod v1.5
  • AquaMark3 - v1.02
  • PCMark2005 - v1.2.0
  • 3DMark2006 - v1.20

Next Page: Performance and Conclusion

Last Updated on April 20, 2008


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