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MSI P965 Platinum Intel Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review
MSI P965 Platinum Intel Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: In general we found that the MSI P965 Platinum motherboard performed very well in practically all the benchmarks tossed its way.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Dec 05 2006   C. Sun  
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Overclocking and the BIOS

Overclocking Results:
stock max. oc
motherboard speed: 266 mhz

375 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

PCSTATS has generally had an easy time overclocking MSI motherboards in the 6 years we've been at this gig, so the expectations were good as the tweaking began in earnest with the MSI P965 Platinum motherboard.

With an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 processor and a 2GB set of Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4 installed, the MSI P965 Platinum had everything it needed to fly... Before overclocking began the memory was first set to run in DDR2-533 MHz mode, this way it wouldn't hold the motherboard back.

Starting at 266 MHz the P965 Platinum's clock speed was increased in 10 MHz intervals. That's more aggressive than we normally take it, but I have a good feeling about this MSI board. ;-)

Sure enough the P965 Platinum motherboard flew by 300 MHz FSB. It's great to see the new generation of Intel Core 2 Duo motherboards overclock so well. At 360 MHz the motherboard started to show some signs of instability, increasing the Northbridge voltage to the max value (1.69V) solved that issue.

We pushed the board a little higher, to a maximum speed of 375 MHz in fact. Not too shabby at all for a P965 Express motherboard. It's great to see how well these mainstream motherboards overclock these days.

Inside The P965 Platinum's BIOS:

MSI provides only basic memory timing adjustment options in the P965 Platinum BIOS. A bit of a surprise really, MSI usually has more overclocking flair. In any case these are the major options that affect system performance when used correctly.

The FSB can be adjusted between 266-550 MHz in 1 MHz increments, and the CPU voltage goes as high as 0.795V above stock values. Note don't set your CPU voltage that high unless you have really good cooling! There are many memory frequency adjustments from DDR2-400 to DDR2-1066 levels, and memory voltage can be adjusted to 2.45V. Northbridge voltage goes as high as 1.69V, but make sure you have some good system cooling before attempting anything that risky.

Next up are the benchmarks; will the MSI P965 Platinum kick show its mettle?

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the MSI P965 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 Intel P965 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 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 P965 Platinum (P965 Express)

Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X)
Asus P5B (P965 Express)
Biostar TForce P965 DLX (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 Express)
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G)
Epox 5P945 Pro (945P)

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
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
Doom 3

Quake 4

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Contents of Article: MSI P965 Platinum
 Pg 1.  MSI P965 Platinum Intel Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Intel P965 Express Chipset Overview
 Pg 3.  P965 Platinum Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  — Overclocking and the BIOS
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks - Quake 4

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