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MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R i865PE motherboard Review
MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R i865PE motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Today we're going to be weighing the pros and cons of MSI's first entry into the mainstream Springdale (i865PE) desktop mainboard market.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Jun 11 2003   C. Sun  
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Overclocking and BIOS

While MSI have generally always offered overclocking options with their motherboards, they never seem to be "extreme enough" for the hardcore overclocker. Things have changed, and MSI has made a huge comeback with the overclocking crowd with their new 875P and 865PE Neo2 motherboards.

Starting at 200 MHz FSB we raised the FSB slowly. At 215 MHz FSB we ran into a few problems but luckily that's nothing bumping up the DIMM voltage to 2.8V didn't fix.

We hit another snag at around 220 MHz FSB, and raising the CPU voltage to 1.7V fixed that problem as well. We finally settled for a FSB of 235 MHz but I'm sure the motherboard could do better as I believe the processor is holding us back a little. I also did not want to try the higher voltages as I'm just using air cooling in the lab.


MSI gives the end user complete control over the memory timings. We have the usual CAS Latency, RAS Precharge, RAS to CAS Delay, Precharge Delay and Burst Length options.

Ahh the overclocker's haven. We'll get into Dynamic Overclocking in a second, there are a whole slew of memory divider options and the MSI Neo is one of the few motherboards out there that allows you to run your memory faster then the FSB. 200 MHz based Pentium 4's can go up to 500 MHz FSB.

As you can see from the picture above there are some hardcore voltage options available to the overclocker. Of course most overclockers out there would never even imagine feeding their P4's with 2.3V, but that's something the hardcore overclocker with perhaps a Prometeia would use.

The MSI 865PE Neo2 is the first motherboard in the world that offers dynamic overclocking. Basically what the board does is when the system is near 100% CPU usage the BIOS (via CoreCell chip) will overclock the system without letting you know to try and make things a bit faster for the end user. While this is a neat feature it didn't seem to work very well and only overclocked the system when running 3DMark tests.

I think MSI should rename the options for this feature as using military rankings does not tell the end user anything. At the General setting, the system would overclock about 10% while running 3DMark2001SE or 3DMark03. Up next the benchmarks....

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Contents of Article: MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R
 Pg 1.  MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R i865PE motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  What the heck is CoreCell?
 Pg 3.  — Overclocking and BIOS
 Pg 4.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2003
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena, UT2003
 Pg 8.  The MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R can deliver

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