MSI P7N SLI Platinum 750i based motherboard

IO and BIOS

Input/Ouput Panel
 
IO on the P7N SLI Platinum is a very well specced and nicely balanced affair. We have:
 
* 1 x PS/2 Keyboard port
* 1 x PS/2 Mouse port
* 1 x Firewire port
* 1 x Optical digital in
* 2 x e-SATA ports
* CMOS reset button
* 4 x USB 2.0 ports
* Gigabit LAN port
* Analogue 7.1 Sound ports
 
io panel
 
This is a decent selection of oputputs for this level of board and you should be fine connecting most of the things you need to.
 
BIOS
 
MSI have gone with an American Megatrends Incorporated BIOS for the P7N SLI Platinum. This has a slightly different feel than the Phoenix Award BIOS we most commonly see on boards but it's not necessarily a bad thing.
 
main menu
 
All of the overclocking features are in the "Cell" Menu. Here we can see the following adjustments:
 
OptionAvailable Range
CPU Multiplier
x6 - x50
FSB Frequency
400-2500 (keyable 1mhz steps, quad pumped)
PCI-E Frequency
100-150mhz (1mhz steps)
RAM Frequency400-1400mhz (Keyable - 1mhz steps)
 
cell menu  cell menu
 
cell menu
 
cell menu
 
Aside from the top end of the RAM frequency being slightly low for an enthusiasts board, the adjustments are all of the one's you'll normally see here. The RAM timings are pretty solid allowing (in my opinion) just the right amount of options and not getting too detailed.
 
The BIOS isn't as extensive as the one you'll see on, say a DFI Lanparty LT X38 T2R but it does it's job as you will see later on in the review.
 
 
OptionAvailable Range
CPU Voltage
STOCK 1.3v-1.6875v (0.0500v steps)
CPU FSB VTT
1.2v-1.7v (0.1v steps)
Memory Voltage1.8v-3.1v (0.25v steps)
NorthBridge Voltage1.3v-1.75v
SouthBridge Core Voltage
1.5v-1.95v 
 
bios voltages  bios shots
 
BIOS shots  BIOS shots voltage
 
BIOS shots voltage
 
The range of voltage adjustments is again smaller than on other boards, but the amount you can adjust the voltages is more than adequate.
 
Overall, the BIOS on the MSI P7N SLI Platinum is excellent and does what you need for overclocking, just don't expect pages upon pages of options.
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18-02-2008, 06:21:30

FarFarAway
Check out MSI's P7N, will it live up to expectations?

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18-02-2008, 06:28:41

JN
Nice review mate and a decent board to boot!

Now all that MSI need to do is remove Zippy, Bungle and George from the "board colour scheme" team, and they'll have a perfect board

Seriously tho...surprisingly decent OC results from an Nvidia chipset.Quote

18-02-2008, 06:40:32

Luigi
Yes, i mean thats better than the 780i boards which are a 'better' chipset..Quote
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