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MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum Motherboard Review

MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum has thee regular 32bit PCI slots, two PCI Express x1 slots, and one PCI Express x16 slot for your videocard. The four dual channel memory slots support DDR-2 533MHz memory.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Nov 03 2004   Colin Sun  
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Maximum Motherboard Overclocking and Conclusions

After 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 benchmark.

Since 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 enthusiasts!

Maximum Overclocked Speeds - PCstats Results

Intel Motherboard Results

Chipset

FSB

Ranking

DFI LANParty 875P-T i875P 257 MHz
Albatron PX915P-AGPe 915P 247 MHz
Albatron PX915G Pro 915G 244 MHz
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum 915P 243 MHz
Epox EP-5EGA+ 915G 220 MHz
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D 925X 216 MHz
Gigabyte GA-8GPNXP 915P 216 MHz

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 that videocard!

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.

While 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 things.

For 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!

There are 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 plastic.

The MSI 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 complain!

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer 915P Neo2 Platinum
 Pg 1.  MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Passive MOSFET Cooling
 Pg 3.  MSI's Installation Tool
 Pg 4.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3, Comanche 4
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat. UT2003
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 11.  — Maximum Motherboard Overclocking and Conclusions

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