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MSI P35 Platinum Combo Intel P35 Express Motherboard Review

MSI P35 Platinum Combo Intel P35 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With the Intel P35 Express chipset, users have two memory options; DDR2 and DDR3 RAM. The latter is certainly the future-proof option although it is still somewhat costly, while the former is firmly on the road to obsolescence.
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Overclocking, BIOS and Test Specs

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Motherboard Speed: 333 MHz

475 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

MSI has a long established reputation with overclocking, but you can never tell for certain how a chipset or CPU will handle... The P35 Platinum Combo was first installed with anIntel Core 2 Duo E6750 processor and a 2GB set of Corsair's DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-Corsair8888C4D memory, before we set about it. Why Corsair you ask? Well, we've found overclocking easiest with good quick memory that can handle high speeds and does away with the "is it the memory?" issues. As usual the CPU's clock multiplier was set to 6x and the memory to run at DDR2-800 MHz mode using the 1:1.2 divider.

Starting at 333 MHz FSB the motherboard clock speed was increased in small 5 MHz increments. Without much difficulty the MSI Platinum Combo passed the 400 MHz mark. Front side bus speeds of 425, 450 and 475MHz came and went without a problem. At 480 MHz the NB voltage needed a slight bump to stabilize the motherboard. Unfortunately the E6750 CPU seemed to be holding things back at speeds beyond this, so we settled on 475MHz.


The Intel P35 Express Northbridge and ICH9R Southbridge generate a fair amount of heat, and as you can see MSI equip the P35 Platinum Compo with an elaborate heatpipe cooling solution dubbed "CircuPipe." Heat from the Southbridge is conducted to the large Northbridge heatsink, then to the copper MOSFET heatsinks.

BIOS Tweaking Tools

The BIOS controls how the motherboard communicates with all the peripherals connected to it, and is a crucial component for any good well rounded motherboard. PCSTATS is only going to highlight the tweaking features so you'll have an idea of what to expect from the platform.

MSI gives you quite a few memory timing options to adjust if you're good at tweaking RAM, one could certainly spend a lot of time in the Memory Timing Config menu.

You can adjust the FSB from 333-800 MHz in 1 MHz increments and here you can also adjust the CPU clock multiplier.

We've shown all the Voltage Controls with the maximum value selected so you can get a feel for the voltage options available to you.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the MSI P35 Platinum Combo 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 P35 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
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (775)
Clock Speed: 8 x 333 = 2.66 GHz 9 x 266 MHz = 2.4 GHz
Motherboard: MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 Express)

Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 Express)
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 Express)
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 Express)
Foxconn MARS (P35 Express)
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i)
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150)
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 Express)
Asus P5NT Deluxe (NF 780i)
MSI X48 Platinum (X48 Express)

Videocard: MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E
Memory: Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-1800C7D (DDR3)
Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-8888C4DF (DDR2)

Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-8888C4DF (DDR2)

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Intel E6750 Reference
Software Setup:

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Intel INF 8.30.1013
nVIDIA Forceware 169.25

Benchmarks:

SYSMark 2007
SiSoft Sandra XII
Super Pi Mod 1.5
PCMark Vantage
3DMark06
Quake 4
FEAR

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer P35 Platinum Combo
 Pg 1.  MSI P35 Platinum Combo Intel P35 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Intel P35 Express and ICH9 Chipsets
 Pg 3.  MSI P35 Platinum Combo Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  — Overclocking, BIOS and Test Specs
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark06, Quake 4, FEAR
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 9.  Conclusions: A good dual-memory motherboard

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