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MSI 975X Platinum Motherboard Review

MSI 975X Platinum Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With a top of the line motherboard like the MSI Computer 975X Platinum, you're getting a nice looking slab of PCB with a healthy dose of enthusiast friendly features to match.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Nov 30 2006   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking and the BIOS

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Motherboard Speed: 266 MHz

360 MHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

We've had a lot of luck overclocking MSI motherboards, so we're pretty sure that this trend will continue with the 975X Platinum...

With an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 processor and a 2GB set of Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4 installed the 975X Platinum had everything it needed to fly. Before overclocking began the memory was first set to run in DDR2-533 MHz mode, this way the memory will not hold the motherboard back.

Starting at 266 MHz the 975X Platinum's clock speed was increased in 10 MHz intervals. That's more aggressive than we normally take it, but I have a good feeling with the MSI 975X Platinum. ;-)

Sure enough the 975X Platinum motherboard flew by 300 MHz FSB. It's great to see the new generation of Intel Core 2 Duo motherboards overclock so well. The MSI 975X Platinum was a very easy motherboard to overclock, we didn't have to adjust anything but the FSB setting!! The 975X Platinum reached a top speed of 360 MHz without having to tweak any voltage!

Not bad, not bad at all. I have a hunch a bigger cooling solution on the Intel 975X Northbridge might have also helped. Hopefully MSI will consider adding Northbridge voltage options in future BIOS updates as well.

Inside MSI's Powerful BIOS:

MSI gives you basic memory timing adjustment options in the 975X Platinum BIOS, which is a bit of a surprsie. Usually MSI has a bit more overclocking flair, in any case these are the major options that affect system performance.

The FSB can be adjusted between 266-550 MHz in 1 MHz increments and the CPU voltage goes as high as 1.58V. Note don't set your CPU voltage that high unless you have good cooling! There are many memory frequency adjustments from DDR2-400 to DDR2-1066 options, memory voltage goes as high as 2.4V.

Next up are the benchmarks, will the MSI 975X Platinum kick some serious pixels?

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the MSI 975X Platinum motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this Intel 975X Express based system is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System #1 Reference System #2 Reference System #3
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (775) AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ (AM2)

Intel Pentium D 840 (775)

Clock Speed: 9 x 266 MHz = 2.4 GHz 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz

16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz

Motherboard: MSI 975 Platinum (975X)

Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X)
Asus P5B (P965 Express)
Biostar TForce P965 DLX (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 Express)
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G)
Epox 5P945 Pro (945P)

ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (VIA K8T890)
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150)
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI)
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI)

Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X)
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X)
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P)
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI)
Biostar TForce P965 DLX(P965)

Videocard: MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E
Memory:

2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Intel EE6600 Refernece AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Refernece Thermaltake Jungle 512
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 9.35
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47

Benchmarks:

SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
PCMark05
3DMark05
3DMark06
FarCry
Doom 3

Quake 4

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer 975X Platinum
 Pg 1.  MSI 975X Platinum Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Intel 975X Express Chipset
 Pg 3.  Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  — Overclocking and the BIOS
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks - Quake 4

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