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BIOS And Overclocking

Eight P35-DDR2 Motherboards Compared
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To get the "most" from your Intel Core 2 series processor and DDR2 memory, the MSI P35 Platinum offers a reasonably-high 600 MHz maximum front-side-bus clock (FSB 2400). It also features the chipset's full set of FSB to DRAM memory ratios, and an extremely wide range of voltage settings at fine increments.

BIOS Frequency and Voltage settings (for overclocking)
FSB Frequency 200-600 MHz (1 MHz)
Clock Multiplier Adjustment Yes
DRAM Ratios FSB clock x 1.0, 1.2, 1.25, 1.5, 1.66, 2.0
PCIe Clock 100-200 MHz (1 MHz)
CPU Vcore Default - +0.7875 Volts (0.0125 Volts)
CPU FSB Voltage 1.175-1.550 Volts (0.025 Volts)
Northbridge (MCH) 1.250 -1.625 Volts (0.025 Volts)
Southbridge (ICH) 1.50 - 1.70 Volts (0.10 Volts)
DRAM Voltage 1.80 - 2.10 - 3.300 Volts (0.05/0.10 Volts)
CAS Latency Range
tCAS: 3-6; tRCD: 3-8; tRP: 3-8; tRAS: 9-24

An early-stepping Core 2 Duo E6700 processor capable of speeds up to 3.46 GHz reached a reasonably-close 3.44 GHz on the P35 Platinum, but dropping its multiplier to 6x only allowed the board to reach a stable 390 MHz. This is far less than the class-leading overclock of its DDR3 sibling MSI P35 Diamond.

Accessories

Accessories
Documentation & Software Motherboard Installation Guide
Motherboard Manual
Motherboard Driver CD
Hardware 1x 80-conductor Ultra ATA cable
1x Floppy Drive Cable
4x SATA Data Cable
2x Four-Pin to SATA Power Adapter
1x IEEE-1394 FireWire Breakout Plate (1-port)
1x I/O Panel Shield

The MSI P35 Platinum includes a value-minded accessory kit, with only four SATA cables and a single-port IEEE-1394 FireWire breakout plate.

High-end onboard features and a lower-cost accessory kit bring the P35 Platinum's reasonable $180 web price into perspective.

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