MSI unveils advantages of its P45 motherboards

Posted on Wednesday, May 28 2008 @ 00:00 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
MSI has send out a press release with some information about the overclocking features on its P45-based motherboards:
MSI will soon launch MSI P45 mainboard series based on the new Intel P45 chipset. Besides following just the Intel specs MSI has implemented MSI DrMOS on its P45 mainboards: a bundle of smart hardware and software features. Amongst others, MSI DrMOS’ RapidBoost delivers you extra tools in the BIOS to enhance the overclocking possibilities of MSI P45 mainboards such as: Memory-Z, Multi-step OC Booster, Extreme voltages, extended HELP function ClockGen Tuner and Advanced Memory timings.

1. Memory-Z
Everybody is familiar with the Windows program CPU-Z, which provides detailed memory information. Only disadvantage it has is that you need to go back to the BIOS to tune your memory settings for overclocking. MSI is the first to include this feature in the BIOS itself: MSI Memory-Z. With MSI P45 series you can view detailed memory information directly in the BIOS, including all Intel XMP settings. From now on you do not need to switch back to Windows.

2. Multi-step OC Booster
Enthousiasts who overclock know that your bios might crash and that you will have to reset the CMOS. MSI P45 DrMOS BIOS fixes this with the Multi-step OC Booster. This will enables overclocking only after you exit the bios and boot the OS.

  • Disabled = Normal procedure, apply OC settings during POST
  • Mode 1 = Load the OS then apply the OC settings. No OC during POST
  • Mode 2 = Slight OC during POST and then apply full OC when loading the OS

    3. Extreme voltages
    Due to the balanced 2-phase memory chipset power design, you can tune your system with extreme voltages. MSI P45 BIOS offers more than 128 levels of voltage controle. The increments for the CPU are in small steps of 12.5mV and for the memory and chipset in 10mV increments.

    4. Extended Help function
    Everybody knows the empty help screens in the BIOS, which is horrible for users. What is the use of having many advanced options in the BIOS without knowing the exact effect? The new BIOS for MSI P45 has an extended BIOS Help function. MSI includes detailed help instructions in their bios.

    5. ClockGen Tuner
    The MSI P45 BIOS gives you the possibility to tune the clockgen. To shape the clockpulse to synchronize signals in order to get higher and more stable overclocking results. Die hard tweakers also have the opportunity to tune the clockgen chip.

    6. Advanced Memory timings
    Overclocking of the CPU is important, but why not get the maximum performance from your memory? MSI P45 users are in control of all advanced memory timings. All needed tools are in MSI P45 BIOS for advanced memory overclocking, even per channel settings.

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    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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