MSI P7N SLI Platinum 750i based motherboard
IO and BIOS
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
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.
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.
All of the overclocking features are in the "Cell" Menu. Here we can see the following adjustments:
|CPU Multiplier||x6 - x50|
|FSB Frequency||400-2500 (keyable 1mhz steps, quad pumped)|
|PCI-E Frequency||100-150mhz (1mhz steps)|
|RAM Frequency||400-1400mhz (Keyable - 1mhz steps)|
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.
|CPU Voltage||STOCK 1.3v-1.6875v (0.0500v steps)|
|CPU FSB VTT||1.2v-1.7v (0.1v steps)|
|Memory Voltage||1.8v-3.1v (0.25v steps)|
|SouthBridge Core Voltage||1.5v-1.95v |
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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