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MSI P45 Platinum Motherboard

By: Cameron Johnson | Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Jun 17, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: MSI

Test System


Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 @ 3.16GHz (9.5x333MHz)


Memory: 2x 1GB DDR2-1186 Geil (Supplied by Geil)


Hard Disk: 500GB Western Digital SE16 (Supplied by Western Digital)


Graphics Card: MSI GeForce 8800GTS 640MB (Supplied by MSI)


Cooling: GIGABYTE 3D Galaxy II (Supplied by GIGABYTE)


Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1


Drivers: Intel INF, Forceware 173.14.05


For our comparison today, we are pitting the MSI P45 Platinum against our oldest but most impressive P35 board we have, GIGABYTE's P35 DQ6. Both are based on DDR2 memory which make these systems equally matched apart from the change in chipset.


For the stock settings, we ran with the CPU at its stock FSB and CPU ratio along with a memory setup of DDR2-800 which is the highest official DDR2 speed supported by the P45 and P35 chipsets.


Overclocking was done with the CPU ratio set back to 6x and the highest FSB obtained with a memory ratio of 1:1 to prevent both the CPU and memory being the bottleneck. Our MSI board managed to hit 504MHz whilst the P35 runs at 511MHz.


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Pressing into the memory bandwidth, the MSI P45 Platinum's new chipset manages to just outperform the P35 at stock speeds. Despite a slightly slower FSB, the P45's memory optimizations manage to keep it in front; a very impressive result here.


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