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MSI P6N SLI Platinum nForce 650i SLI Motherboard Review

MSI P6N SLI Platinum nForce 650i SLI Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The MSI P6N SLI Platinum motherboard is a good mainstream motherboard for part time tweakers, full time gamers, or for anyone who wants a fully featured board without too steep a price tag.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Mar 21 2007   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking the MSI P6N SLI Platinum Motherboard

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

435 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

The nVIDIA nForce 680i SLI Intel Edition chipset was an excellent overcloking platform, so we're hoping to see similar results from the nForce 650i SLI chipset as well. The MSI P6N SLI Platinum will be equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 along with 2GB of Corsair's Twin2X2048-6400C4 memory. As usual before the overclocking begins, the memory is set to run at DDR2-533 MHz mode.

Starting at 266 MHz the motherboard clock speed was increased in ~5 MHz increments. Without much difficulty the P6N SLI Platinum motherboard passed 300 MHz, most boards do these days. At 330 MHz the CPU core was increased by 0.05V to stabilize things. The motherboard started to BSOD while loading WindowsXP at 355 MHz. To solve this issue the nForce 650i SLI SPP voltage had to be increased to 1.3V.

To slip past 400 MHz FSB, the Northbridge voltage was set to 1.35V. Next we ran into difficulties at 410 MHz and the CPU voltage had to be increased 0.15V. The MSI P6N SLI Platinum yielded a maximum overclock of 430 MHz FSB, which is pretty darn fast! If you're into overclocking, you're definitely going to be pleased with what the P6N SLI Platinum has to offer!

Inside the BIOS:

There are a moderate amount of memory timing adjustments available for the MSI P6N SLI Platinum motherboard. Seen here are the usual CAS Latency adjustments, RAS to CAS and Row Precharge options, along with some new options.

Here is where all the overclocking magic happens. The bus speed can be adjusted between 400-2500 (100-625 MHz FSB) in 1 MHz increments. The memory can be adjusted independantly of the FSB, and that ranges from 400-1400 MHz. Maximum CPU voltage is 0.3875V above stock, memory voltage goes to 2.8V, Northbridge voltage to 1.5V, Southbridge voltage to 1.7V and FSB VTT voltage can be inreased 20%.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the MSI P6N SLI 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 nVIDIA nForce 650i SLI 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 P6N SLI Platinum (NF 650i SLI)

ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI)
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X)
Asus P5B-E (P965 Express)
Biostar TForce P965 DLX (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 Express)
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 Express)
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 Express)

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

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


SYSMark 2004
PC Worldbench 5.0
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
Doom 3

Quake 4

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Contents of Article: MSI P6N SLI Platinum
 Pg 1.  MSI P6N SLI Platinum nForce 650i SLI Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Passive Cooling System for Chipsets
 Pg 3.  MSI P6N SLI Platinum Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  The nVidia nForce 650i SLI chipset
 Pg 5.  — Overclocking the MSI P6N SLI Platinum Motherboard
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Graphics)
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Office)
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Data Crunching)
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 12.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3
 Pg 13.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Quake 4 / Conclusions

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