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If stock performance is not enough for you, overclocking is a snap with this board. First using MSI's Overclocking Center.
Overclocking the MSI X58 Platinum can be done a number of ways. I started with the MSI D.O.T. Application (is this where that BIOS setting went?) and I was able to smoothly clock the Base CLK to159MHz, which netted a nice 3GHz CPU, anything beyond this I was asked to reboot the machine to maintain stability. The system rebooted smoothly and I was staring at 3.25GHz (163MHz Base CLK). Further pushing of the system required me to increase VCore, remember, I am on stock Intel cooling right now... Each incremental step beyond 163MHz Base CLK required a reboot, this is nothing un-expected, as it would be the same from BIOS, just not as long are boot in that you are not in Windows so no shutdown is required.
As you can see, CPU Temp is staying well within limits at only 26C. Now its time to up the anti a bit more, Vcore is ever increasing and we are nearing the maximum stable OC of this Motherboard / CPU / HS Fan combination... We reached an impressive 4.12GHz (206MHz Base Clock), I say impressive because I had troubles getting this much OC on a dual core C2D, much less a Quad core CPU. Full benchmarks could not be done at this speed, would constantly lock up. I had to back off to 3.95GHz (197MHz Base CLK) My CPU is pushing 39C idle and when you put a load on her she pushes 82C, enough so I can smell the tinge, seriously I can...
I could not squeeze anymore performance out of the MSI X58 Platinum from the BIOS, which points to a well done program in that I could not obtain a further OC then the SW was able to achieve. Obviously MSI 's Overclocking Center is not for Linux users, which is why the BIOS OC is key. While I didn't go deep into the settings to push the envelope, I wanted to keep things somewhat similar between the SW and Manual scenario. I would also like to note that I had to increase the VDimm above the 1.65v, which some of you may know can have an adverse effect on the i7's.
While I wouldn't write home about the extras, the gives a lot of bang for buck. There are still some very nice includes, the eSATA adapter for example is incredibly useful if you have a spare SATA drive and no enclosure.
Truthfully, the only real fault we can find with the board is the lack of SLI. Granted, the lack of SLI improves the amount of $$$ in your pocket... The is very well built and comes with a plethora of built ins, being only DDR3 memory support and of course the need for an i7 CPU keeps overall cost high when compared to a C2D with similar features. This will change, however, as DDR3 and the Core i7 drops in price.
The is one of the best motherboards we've had the opportunity to test the past year. Except at the highest overclocks, stability was simply excellent and we did not experience one issue during testing and the build process. The board is a tad expensive, but relatively it is in the bargain basement when looking over the X58 lineup. If building brand new from scratch, this board is more then noteworthy.
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