Eight P35-DDR2 Motherboards Compared

BIOS And Overclocking

MSI P35 Neo BIOS is limited to a maximum 500 MHz FSB clock (FSB2000), which is probably close to the board's limit even with a "perfectly overclockable" processor. Crazy maximum voltage levels for the CPU and memory also look like they might be able to push these components to perspective limits, but let's not forget that this low-cost motherboard uses a three-phase voltage regulator.

BIOS Frequency and Voltage settings (for overclocking)
FSB Frequency 100 - 500 MHz (1 MHz)
Clock Multiplier Adjustment Yes
DRAM Frequency FSB clock x 1.0, 1.2, 1.25 1.5, 1.66, 2.
PCIe Clock 100 - 200 MHz (1 MHz)
CPU Vcore Default - +0.7875 Volts (0.0125 Volts), 1.550V Max
CPU FSB Voltage 1.20 - 1.60 Volts (0.10 Volts)
Northbridge (MCH) 1.25 - 1.625 Volts (0.025 Volts)
Southbridge (ICH) 1.05/1.15 Volts
DRAM Voltage 1.50 - 2.10 - 3.30 Volts (0.05/0.10 Volts)
CAS Latency Range
tCAS: 3-6; tRCD: 3-6; tRP: 3-6; tRAS: 9-24

The P35 Neo got our Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 early-stepping engineering sample processor to 3.44 GHz, just shy of its 3.46 GHz limit achieved on a variety of other boards. Dropping the CPU multiplier to 6x only allowed a stable bus speed increase to 369 MHz clock (FSB1476).


Documentation & Software Motherboard Manual
Motherboard Driver CD
Hardware 1x 80-conductor Ultra ATA cable
1x SATA Data Cable
1x Four-Pin to SATA power adapter cable
1x I/O Panel Shield

The P35 Neo includes only the bare necessities for building a low-cost system, with just one SATA and one Ultra ATA cable.

Hardcore value seekers can find the MSI P35 Neo for around $105.

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