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DFI vs. MSI - Conroe 975X Motherboards Tested - Final Thoughts

Today we look at two 975X motherboards from DFI and MSI. We'll overclock them and work out which is your best choice.

| Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 19, 2006 4:00 am

Final Thoughts

 

We said it before and we will say it again - Intel Core 2 rocks - and now with new motherboards coming out from the Taiwanese folk, we are starting to see extra features and good overclocking options.

 

In fact, if you don't have good overclocking Core 2 motherboard, you aren't going to last since Conroe is very overclockable and loves the extra speed boost.

 

DFI has done a fantastic job on their 975X Infinity product - its features, layout and more importantly overclocking are some of the best we have seen from any 975x motherboard so far and its price is extremely competitive coming in cheaper than other Conroe supporting boards.

 

 

Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Performance Award

 

DFI INFINITY 975X

 

MSI on the other hand, while putting out a flashy board with plenty of good features, its overclocking wasn't as good as DFI and required more voltages which resulted in fewer MHz. It just doesn't seem as robust or overclocker friendly as the DFI motherboard - sure, upcoming BIOSes maybe result in higher overclocking but we can only test with what is available to us at the time.

 

MSI pricing is also competitive coming in at around the same price as the DFI motherboard (which does help keep its rating high) but in our books, since overclocking is the key ingredient of any good Conroe motherboard these days, the DFI motherboard is the better buy in our opinion.

 

Rating - 8 out of 10

 

MSI 975X Platinum Motherboard

 

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