MSI 870A Fuzion Power Edition EXCLUSIVE Review
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T BE 3.20GHz Processor
MSI 870A FUZION Power Edition Motherboard
Corsair Dominator GT 4GB 2000mhz
ATi Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
ATi Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
nVidia GeForce GTX 480 Graphics Card
Corsair AX1200w PSU
Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Unlike a number of manufacturers, MSI use the Phoenix BIOS style layout. Regardless, it is easy enough to navigate around its sub menu's. MSI have also used relatively generic parameter names, making it simpler to identify them.
The 870A FUZION offers plenty of scope within BIOS to reach high frequencies, both by offering large Base HTT and Overvoltage ranges. Much like how the slowest of cars have speedometers that go all the way to 140mph, we don't as yet know if the 870A can max itself out. I suppose you can guess what we're about to do next...
Automated Overclocking - OC Genie
Let's get the boring bit out of the way - automatic overclocking. In fairness, not all of us have the time to navigate through BIOS, engage in the trial and error process of overclocking and then waste hours on end verifying stability. Instead, MSI offer an automated tool which will do all of the work for you. So we pressed the big glowing button and we found this...
After the OC Genie had finished having its way with our system, it finally left our 1090T processor with an overall frequency of 3.62GHz; roughly a 400MHz boost over its default frequency. Obviously, the end result won't be quite as good as a manually configured overclock but for a quick and cheap performance boost it does the job very well.
Next stop, Manual overclocking.