MSI P7N SLI Platinum 750i based motherboard

Test Setup & Overclocking

Test Setup

To ensure that all reviews on Overclock3D are fair, consistent and unbiased, a standard set of hardware and software is used whenever possible during the comparative testing of two or more products. The configuration used in this review can be seen below:
XFX nForce 780i SLI (780i)
Asus Maximus Formula (X38)
MSI P7N SLI Platinum
Asus Striker II Formula (780i)
• Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 "G0" 2.4GHz 2x4MB
Memory Modules
• Cellshock PC2-6400 DDR2-800 (4-4-4-12)
Graphics Card
• Sapphire Ultimate X1950 Pro 256mb PCI-E
Hard Disk
• Hitachi Deskstar 80GB 7K80 SATA2 7200RPM 8mb
Operating System
• Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (Latest Updates)
During the testing of the boards above, special care was taken to ensure that the BIOS settings used matched whenever possible. A fresh install of Windows Vista was also used between switching boards, preventing any possible performance issues due to left-over drivers from the previous motherboard install.

To guarantee a broad range of results, the following benchmark utilities were used:

Synthetic CPU & Memory Subsystem
• Sisoft Sandra XII 2008c
• Lavalys Everest 4.0

File Compression & Encoding
• 7-Zip File Compression
• River Past ViMark

Disk I/O Performance
• HDTach
• Sisoft Sandra XII 2008c

3D / Rendering Benchmarks
• Cinebench 10
• 3DMark05
• 3DMark06

3D Games
• Quake 4
• Bioshock
• F.E.A.R
Overclocking is something I have not particularly enjoyed on the latest Nvidia platform so using one of the middle range boards I hadn't much hope.  First of all let me say my hopes were unfounded due to the way MSI have designed and made the board. Overclocking and indeed stability were excellent and the board recovered from a bad overclock by simply switching the power button on and off 4 times...but I only had to do this twice as the board seemed happy to boot into BIOS even when the overclock was unstable. Let's see what we got:
 overclocking max oc
As you can see, the MSI P7N Platinum outstripped all of the higher end boards in this test, with a very nice overclock of 3892MHz on our Q6600, which is the highest I've seen this chip go, especially good on air.
Max fsb
470 FSB isn't an amazing result but is certainly nothing to be sniffed at.
I was very happy with overclocking on the P7N as it was easy to do, stable and not overly fussy as some boards can be. All in all a great result from this mid range board giving it huge value for money.
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Most Recent Comments

18-02-2008, 06:28:41

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

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

18-02-2008, 08:58:56

That is some serious overclocking results.. I mean it beat the others by quite a chunk! Also the 0% CPU utilization was quite impressive.Quote

18-02-2008, 09:16:08

Great review.

I`m still feeling these 780 boards are `good` without being great.

Some excel with something in 1 area and lose something in another, all very minimally. But appear solid.

Like to see an SLI vS CF of the `best` of the 780i`s vS the `best` 35/38. From a gaming pov, be pretty interesting. All the same stuff cept the gfxcards, that perhaps are close as single cards maybe.

With the prices tho, I don`t think u can turn ur nose up at them.Quote

18-02-2008, 09:19:01

if they combined that boards performance and features with the DFi black and green colour scheme, you'd be onto a winner

performs sweet though Quote

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