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X58 Platinum SLI BIOS, Software, And Accessories

The X58 Platinum SLI provides an excellent range of frequency and voltage levels in small increments, allowing overclockers to seek out the highest stable speed of any hardware configuration.

BIOS Frequency and Voltage settings (for overclocking)
CPU Reference Clock133 to 400 MHz (1 MHz)
Clock Multiplier AdjustmentYes
DRAM RatiosDDR3-800 to DDR3-2133
PCIe Clock100 to 200 MHz (1 MHz)
CPU VcoreStock -0.32 to +0.63 Volts (0.010 Volts)
QPI (CPU Uncore) VoltageStock -0.32 to +0.63 Volts (0.010 Volts)
IOH (Northbridge) Core0.78 to 1.73 Volts (0.010 Volts)
ICH (Southbridge) Core0.70 to 2.13 Volts (0.010 Volts)
DRAM Voltage1.20 to 2.77 Volts (0.010 Volts)
CASLatencyRangetCAS:6-12; tRCD: 3-15; tRP: 3-15; tRAS: 9-31

MSI's Cell Menu provides major clock and voltage controls, with several sub-menus to adjust advanced controls and timings.

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The X58 Platinum SLI Advanced DRAM Configuration sub-menu has both basic and advanced controls, with automatic detection available for individual settings.

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The X58 Platinum SLI also provides amplitude and skew controls.

Up to four BIOS configurations can be saved to non-volatile memory as user profiles.

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MSI M-Flash allows saving or flashing BIOS without the need for bootable media.

The X58 Platinum SLI also includes MSI’s click-to-crash OverclockingCenter and GreenPowerCenter utilities, exactly as described in our Eclipse SLI review. Perhaps users of other hardware will find these utilities useful.

Accessories

Accessories
Documentation & SoftwareMotherboard Facts Sheet
 HDD Backup Guide
 Motherboard Manual
 Quick Installation Guide
 Driver CD (Windows Vista)
 Driver CD (Windows XP)
 MSI HDD Backup DVD
Hardware4 x Serial ATA Data Cable
 2 x 4-pin to SATA Power Adapter
 1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA Cable
 1 x Floppy Cable
 1 x Quick Connector Kit
 2 x CrossFire Bridge
 1 x SLI Bridge
 1 x USB 2.0 Breakout Plate (2-ports)
 1 x I/O Panel Shield

MSI spreads its documentation, drivers and software across many pamphlets and CD’s, most likely to boost the visual impact of its accessory kit. The floppy cable appears to be a thoughtful addition, except that the motherboard doesn’t have a floppy interface.

Check prices for MSI's X58 Platinum SLI

Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • dragonsprayer
    hey guys good info - its 4am i should not be posting with one eye closed to see the screen!
    Warpedsystems has tested a least half of these, my Evga failed out of the box, i would normally let that slide but with all the 680i and 780i issues and failures over the years - beware. So i can not speak of the evga - i will say the 780i FTW is kick butt mobo!

    Asus is asus and 90% or so of my stuff i ship, i switched to the new P6t from the deluxe and have had some issues - i am sitll working on the P6T tonight as i type. Opps- my jr tech set the blk to 180 and over clocked the QPI to max - i think he smoked the mobo ran amd cpu = its first in 5 years if so?

    Some did not make it? no gigabyte? gigabyte is really pushing on asus for number one - really! Ya, all the evga fans are what? I can say how many evga mobos break and fail: pci-e slot fail, pressure around the cpu mounting failure, lock ups - evga lock ups are just accepted as part of life! We all know that evga error code!

    I have to say the gigabyte and the higher end asus deluxe version sure seem a lot more reliable for 4ghz systems - again - we only took 1 evga and it locked up and i said "that is it the last time" - the FTW 780i gives me faith evga will come around on x58.

    what ever you do - do not oc the blk and QPI - poof!

    nice stuff THG!
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  • Crashman
    dragonsprayerhey guys good info - its 4am i should not be posting with one eye closed to see the screen!Warpedsystems has tested a least half of these, my Evga failed out of the box, i would normally let that slide but with all the 680i and 780i issues and failures over the years - beware. So i can not speak of the evga - i will say the 780i FTW is kick butt mobo!Asus is asus and 90% or so of my stuff i ship, i switched to the new P6t from the deluxe and have had some issues - i am sitll working on the P6T tonight as i type. Opps- my jr tech set the blk to 180 and over clocked the QPI to max - i think he smoked the mobo ran amd cpu = its first in 5 years if so?Some did not make it? no gigabyte? gigabyte is really pushing on asus for number one - really! Ya, all the evga fans are what? I can say how many evga mobos break and fail: pci-e slot fail, pressure around the cpu mounting failure, lock ups - evga lock ups are just accepted as part of life! We all know that evga error code!I have to say the gigabyte and the higher end asus deluxe version sure seem a lot more reliable for 4ghz systems - again - we only took 1 evga and it locked up and i said "that is it the last time" - the FTW 780i gives me faith evga will come around on x58.what ever you do - do not oc the blk and QPI - poof!nice stuff THG!
    One of the companies forgot to send a board and didn't respond in time to the reminder...see the introduction of the article. What makes you think that company wasn't Gigabyte?
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  • Which ASUS board was actually tested - the plain "P6T" or "P6T SE?" There are subtle differences, like JMB322 in P6T but not in P6T SE. Also, some difference in e.g. back panel IO and advertised overclocking capabilities.
    Judging from the feature list, the board was plain P6T, but all pictures seem to be of P6T SE.
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  • Crashman
    RipaWhich ASUS board was actually tested - the plain "P6T" or "P6T SE?" There are subtle differences, like JMB322 in P6T but not in P6T SE. Also, some difference in e.g. back panel IO and advertised overclocking capabilities.Judging from the feature list, the board was plain P6T, but all pictures seem to be of P6T SE.
    http://media.bestofmicro.com/7/3/192063/original/asus_p6t_kit.jpg
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  • wicko
    Sadly, none of the good mobos in this review are sub 300$ in Canada.. what a damn ripoff.
    Reply
  • hardwarekid9756
    Could you expound on "Catastrophic Failure?" I'd be interested to know what all went wrong in the fray. I've been using an ASRock Mobo recently, and noticed it full-out sucked at Overclocking when compared to my MSI board, so I'd like to know what exactly caused the thing to bomb out.
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  • salavat23
    No Gigabyte.

    Sorry, but you can't make a good review without including one of the top manufacturers of X58 motherboards.
    Reply
  • salavat23
    No Gigabyte.

    Sorry, but you can't make a good review without including one of the top manufacturers of X58 motherboards.
    Reply
  • msdx_bizkit
    Gigabyte EX58-UD3R and MSI X58 Pro are the cheapest X58 motherboards out there at the moment. (~250$ CAD - NCIX) Could you guys give me your input on those two particuliar boards?

    I am not the extreme overclocking kinda guy. In fact, I still am running on default settings on my Core 2 Duo E6750. I don't plan to overclock over 3,2Ghz on my new 920, if I ever do overclock.

    Neither boards support SLI, but I'd be interrested in a dual Radeon 4870 1GB Crossfire config.

    Thanks in advance
    Reply
  • daft
    i was just wondering if the "more on this topic" could be omitted in future articles, i like to skip to the conclusion in the mornings and its annoying to hit more on this topic and get a little window than to go to the conclusion
    Reply