BIOS and Overclocking Support
This time we are doing our look at the BIOS in a different way.
We are going to only explain the overclocking features in a set. We are doing the MSI motherboards as one as their BIOS setups are identical (just a few different features) and DFI separately as their BIOS is different.
All of MSI's motherboards use the Cell Menu to hold the overclocking features. All boards use the same setup, just different variations on what is supported for each setup. The K9N Neo has very little to offer overclockers - it supports DDR voltage adjustments from 1.8v up to 2.4v in 0.1v increments and CPU FSB from 200MHz up to 400MHz in 1MHz increments. Since we couldn't change the CPU multiplier (from 10) we were stuck with a max FSB of 225MHz giving our CPU a clock speed of 2.25GHz.
The K9N SLI and K9N Platinum motherboards have some different options available:
CPU Ratio adjustments can be changed from 4x up to max of the CPU (10x for our 3800+) CPU FSB also can be altered from 200MHz up to 450MHz in 1MHz increments.
Voltages are also in a good range; CPU voltage can be adjusted from 1.3v up to 1.6v in 0.025v increments. DRAM voltage adjusts from 1.8v up to 2.4v in 0.1v increments.
Chipset voltages go from 1.3v to 1.5v in 0.1v increments for Northbridge, 1.5v to 1.7v for Southbridge and 1.3v to 1.4v for HTT.
With these settings we managed to hit 352MHz FSB without any problems - we used a 6x multiplier to give us just over 2.11GHz for our overclock tests.
Now onto DFI:
Located under the Main BIOS menu is Genie BIOS Menu. This has all the clock options. FID can be changed under the main menu; you can adjust from 4x up to the maximum your CPU supports (in our case 10x).
CPU voltage ranges from 1.0v up to 1.60v in 0.025v increments. DRAM voltage goes from 1.8v up to 3.0v in 0.05v increments, the best we have seen for DDR-2 voltages. Chipset voltage ranges from 1.2v to 1.5v in 0.1v increments for the Northbridge, 1.5v to 1.8v for the Southbridge and 1.3v to 1.5v for the Hyper Transport voltages. FSB ranges from 200MHz up to 500MHz in 1MHz increments.
With these settings we managed to get 375MHz FSB with DRAM 2.2v and all other voltages set at stock. We did try a few extra voltage tweaks and we did get more speed but that resulted in a few too many random reboots. We use a 6x multiplier to give us 2.25GHz for overclock tests - quite an impressive FSB!
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [nForce 500 Chipsets in Detail]
- Page 3 [nForce 500 Chipsets in Detail Continued]
- Page 4 [Test Board - DFI NF590 SLI-M2R/G Lanparty]
- Page 5 [Test Board - MSI K9N SLI Platinum]
- Page 6 [Test Board - MSI K9N Platinum]
- Page 7 [Test Board - MSI K9N Neo]
- Page 8 [BIOS and Overclocking]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- How to build dynamic web apps with Angular JS
- Samsung Galaxy S8 rumored to rock a 4K display
- Google rumored to acquire Twitter, news to break soon
- No Man's Sky now has less than 1000 players on Steam
- Doom update adds Deathmatch, private matches
- Lian Li O Series Multiple Expansion card support
- asrock fatality h170 performance red light on bios and not monitor output no beeps
- Anidees AI Crystal Mid-Tower Chassis Review
- Ram upgrade and settings
- GIGABYTE X150M-PRO ECC Xeon Motherboard Review
- Antec and Razer team up to co-brand a new Mini-ITX gaming chassis
- Samsung Electronics accelerates the NVMe era for consumers with its highest performing 960 PRO and EVO Solid State Drives
- Lighting is in the Aer: NZXT launches Aer RGB, premium LED PWM fans
- Syber Gaming delivers VR and 4K-ready 'C Series' small form factor gaming PC
- HyperX Gears of War gaming headset shipping now