some discussions for and against removing overclocking benchmarks entirely from
PCstats reviews, we have decided to change how we do things, but still include
them. From now on, PCstats reviews will simply list the maximum overclocked
speed a motherboard is able to achieve here, rather than for each and every
overclocking can be a very subjective skill, it just makes more sense to keep
our benchmarks focused on the stock performance of system components. Plus, by
listing the maximum overclocked speeds of various motherboards here, you have a
better idea of which manufacturer really does produce the best goods for
Compared to the
competition, the MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum does pretty well for itself when
overclocked; 243 MHz FSB is a respectable speed, and if one were to use better
cooling I'm pretty sure the board will go even further.
Fully loaded, fast, and damn near impossible to yank out
Throughout history Intel has always done things "their
way," but as market leader they have an obligation to test out new methods and
techniques before releasing them on us. If they didn't, the computer industry
probably wouldn't have advanced as quickly, and cohesively as it has. Moving
from Socket 478 to the pinless Socket 775 was quite a shock, but it provides the
necessary room to grow CPU architectures will need in the coming years.
installing Socket 775 processors can be tricky, the risk of damaging the socket
pins which are soldered onto the motherboard is a much greater risk. Of course,
the special CPU installation tool MSI include is always at hand streamline
enthusiasts, the MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum motherboard offers up a dish of
very aggressive voltage adjustments; up to 1.55V for the processor, 1.7V for the
Northbridge and 2.4V for DDR-2 memory!
Please keep in mind that it is very possible to damage your hardware with
excessive voltage if you don't know what you're doing!
a few things with this motherboard that are just plain annoying. First and
foremost is the PCI Express x16 lock; as it is, it's extremely difficult to use.
Also, the 'rounded cables' are kind of stiff, and not very true to the concept
of a 'rounded cable' which is easier to install. The ones that come with the
motherboard are simply regular IDE cables folded up and wrapped in
915P Neo2 Platinum motherboard is faster than the DDR/i875P equipped DFI
LANParty 875P-T, with the odd exception, and performs on par with other 915P
based solutions. Overall we were quite pleased with how the MSI 915P Neo2
Platinum performs and with a retail price of just $182 CDN ($149 US) you really can't