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Stephen T.

Stephen T.

Joined on 11/26/06

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Great mobo, once you get past the problems

MSI P7N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI P7N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Well, I must say after much discomfort, I am thoroughly pleased with the mobo. Right now, I'm sitting at 3.6ghz overclocked Q6600 @ 35C idle - 45C load. For most of you who encountered the dreaded 1333 mhz FSB hole, MSI has a beta bios that you can ask them for (under customer service). My initial problem was that I could not get past 1400mhz and cpu-z kept showing 1333mhz regardless. None the less the bios fixed the problem! I am really excited. Ran Prime98 stress test, no problems at all after 2 hours. Beyond that, the mobo runs GREAT, can handle everything I throw at it with little or no problem. The Northbridge heatsink is tall, but not THAT tall, you wont have a problem fitting any kind of over-sized cooler, I have the Arctic Freezer 7 Pro, fit nice and snug.

Cons: The fact that I had to deal with this the first time around frustrated me. AMI bios, in my opinion, is complicated, convoluted, and just darn troublesome. Another problem was the 4-pin power connector, which is located at the very top of the board. MSI had wire-savvy me to bring cords around dangerously to the CPU heatsink and other fans. The board also emits a bright blue-/white-ish light when the PC is turned on, and a bright red light when it is off. This might be a problem for windowed cases, but thats strictly personal preference. The PCIe ports do not have a rear locking mechanism below the PCI card (besides the screwless design in the front). The card still is snug though

Overall Review: Voltages to get 3.6ghz: vCore - 1.4v, VTT FSB - 1.4v, NorthBridge - 1.4v, South Bridge - 1.5v. Also, make sure you have Spread Spectrum off, you wont get past 1400mhz on the CPU fsb if you do. Also, you might need to losen up your timings on your RAM, I went from 4-4-4-12 to 5-5-5-15, and that helped a little. MY Rig: Q6600 @ 3.6ghz, 4gb of Geil RAM 4-4-4-12, MSI NX8800GT OC, CoolerMaster CM690 (RC-690).