MSI has an excellent reputation for overclocking and PCSTATS
was certainly looking for some big numbers from the MSI K9N Diamond! Before the
overclocking began, the AMD
Athlon64 X2 5000+
multiplier was first lowered to
8x, the Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C3 memory set to run at 533 MHz mode.
200 MHz the motherboard clock speed was slowly increased in 3-5 MHz intervals.
The MSI K9N Diamond overclocked pretty well from the get-go, reaching 245
MHz before the HyperTransport bus started to give the motherboard booting issues.
Lowering the Hypertransport bus to run at 800 MHz mode
solved that issue, and we were able to push the board some more.
After the little HyperTransport tweak, the MSI K9N
Diamond motherboard easily passed 300 MHz. It still had plenty to go and the motherboard topped out at a very sweet
325 MHz. Anything higher and the board started to BSOD while loading WindowsXP, lowering the
HyperTransport speed further or increasing voltages didn't seem to help the situation. A couple
other tricks proved fruitless too, so we settled on a 200MHz
to 325MHz overclock from the MSI K9N Diamond.
A Tweakers BIOS?
memory configuration section we have the usual memory timing adjustments for a
high end motherboard. From CAS Latency adjustments to RAS-to-CAS, Row Precharge and
Command Rate, all the standard tweaks are here.
The MSI K9N Diamond motherboard frequency can
be adjusted between 200-500 MHz. The processor voltage
goes as high as 1.7V, memory to 2.3V, and there are also various other
voltage adjustments to pick and choose from. Clock multiplier options are
available depending on your processor. It is possible to adjust the frequency of
the memory too.
In the Advanced Chipset Features for the MSI K9N Diamond BIOS we
find HyperTransport width and frequency options, for between the processor and Northbridge
and between the Northbridge/Southbridge chipsets.
The gaming and office
oriented benchmarks are up next!