Even though the AMD 690G is intended for the mainstream market, the integrated chipset has turned out to be a pretty good overclocker. With the MSI K9AG Neo2 Digital equipped with an AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ processor and a 2GB set of Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-8888C4DF memory, PCSTATS is giving this motherboard its best opportunity to reach high speeds.
Before overclocking began, the CPU clock multiplier was set to run at 8x and the memory to operate at DDR2-667 MHz mode. Starting at 200 MHz, the motherboard clock speed was slowly increased in 5 MHz increments.
There weren't many motherboard options so we essentially just increased the motherboard frequency. To our surprise, the MSI K9AG Neo2 Digital reached 306 MHz without any difficulty!
That seemed to be the limit though, any higher and the motherboard would start to flake out while running benchmarks. An overclocked speed of 306 MHz from the entry level MSI K9AG Neo2 Digital motherboard is definitely a very positive result.
The MSI K9AG Neo2 Digital BIOS provides only the most basic of memory timing options, so overclockers shouldn't
expect too much. This motherboard is not intended for high performance tweakers.
In the K9AG Neo2 Digital's Cell Menu section, we get the overclocking options. The
motherboard frequency can be adjusted between 200-500 MHz in 1 MHz increments
and the CPU clock multiplier can be lowered. There are some DDR2 memory speed
options and you can increase the CPU voltage to 1.55V and the DDR2 memory
voltage to 2.2V.
Prelude to Benchmarks
With the AMD 690G being Microsoft Windows Vista ready, PCSTATS
will be testing the MSI K9AG Neo2 Digital motherboard in Windows Vista Ultimate
32 bit. Consequently there are slightly less benchmarks than we would normally
have for a WindowsXP based test system because benchmark compatibility with
Vista is still finding its feet.
The details of how the MSI K9AG Neo2
Digital motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific
hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions is indicated
below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms
this AMD 690G based motherboard is to be compared against. Please take a moment
to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the
individual benchmark results on the next page.
|PCSTATS Test System Configurations|