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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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MSI's Installation Tool

While Intel thought about the future of processors, installing a Socket 775 processor can be quite difficult the first time. To help prevent physical damage to the delicate pins in the CPU socket, MSI includes a simple yet extremely useful plastic CPU installation tool.

First you snap the processor into the installation mechanism, then you line it up with the socket according to the instructions. Press firmly down on the center of the processor and it will snap right into place in the socket. Remove the plastic mounting tool, lower the metal pressure hatch, then lock everything into place and you're set.

The instructions included with the tool do a pretty good job at explaining things, and novice users shouldn't have a problem here.


MSI has traditionally produced enthusiast friendly boards, and the options the 915P Neo2 Platinum has will definitely please even the most zealous enthusiast. Starting at 200 MHz FSB, we slowly raised the clock speed of the motherboard....

The 915P Neo2 Platinum had no problems passing the 216 MHz mark that Gigabyte's recent 915P-based boards had troubles with. At 223 MHz the CPU started to flake out, but raising the voltage to 1.425V fixed that. Continuing up we ran into stability problems yet again, this time we had to increase the Northbridge voltage to 1.6V to keep things stable.

The overclocking was pretty uneventful after that until the 915P Neo2 reached 243 MHz FSB. No matter what we did (increase voltage, loosen memory timings, etc.) the motherboard was simply unstable. Still, 243 MHz is quite respectable since we're using stock cooling.

The 915P Neo2 BIOS

Like all motherboards, MSI include the ability to adjust memory timings with their 915P Neo2 board. From CAS Latency, to RAS-to-CAS and RAS Precharge, all you need for tweaking is here, although the numbers are now larger.

The MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum includes a dynamic overclocker utility which can push your system up to 15% faster when under load, but of course we disabled this feature for the benchmarks. You can tune the FSB from 200-500 MHz, in 1 MHz increments. As for memory options, it can be in 3:4 or 1:1 ratios. Users can also adjust the PCI slot and PCI Express frequency, but it's best to leave those at stock settings. Maximum CPU voltage is 1.55V, DDR-2 voltage go as high as 2.4V, and Northbridge settings can be bumped to 1.7V. It should be pretty clear that MSI definitely means business when it comes to overclocking!

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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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