Eight P35-DDR2 Motherboards Compared

BIOS And Overclocking

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.

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BIOS Frequency and Voltage settings (for overclocking)
FSB Frequency200-600 MHz (1 MHz)
Clock Multiplier AdjustmentYes
DRAM RatiosFSB clock x 1.0, 1.2, 1.25, 1.5, 1.66, 2.0
PCIe Clock100-200 MHz (1 MHz)
CPU VcoreDefault - +0.7875 Volts (0.0125 Volts)
CPU FSB Voltage1.175-1.550 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 Voltage1.80 - 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.


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Documentation & SoftwareMotherboard Installation GuideMotherboard ManualMotherboard Driver CD
Hardware1x 80-conductor Ultra ATA cable1x Floppy Drive Cable4x SATA Data Cable2x Four-Pin to SATA Power Adapter1x 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.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.