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MSI DKA790GX Platinum Review

ajmatson    -   October 26, 2008
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Closer Look:

Cell Menu:

The overclocking section of the MSI DKA790GX Platinum is called the CELL Menu. This is where the magic takes place. MSI has separated this in sections also so that you do not get all confused when navigating it. I will start from the top and split it in sections also. First, is where you can change the speeds of the processor. You have control over enabling and disabling the Cool N Quiet feature for when full power is needed. You can also change the Bus speed and the multiplier of the CPU and the HyperTransport. You can select to alter all cores together or independently.

















The Onboard VGA overclock section allows you to change the speed of the integrated video. The default is 700MHz. Below that is the DRAM configuration. Here you can change the strap which alters the frequency based on the speed of the CPU. You can also change the timings for the memory to tweak them as fast as you can.



The last part is where you can change the HyperTransport Link speed based on the multiplier chosen and the voltages for the devices like the CPU, memory, HyperTransport Link, and more.



 Now that everything is configured let's install the drivers and utilities to get started.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  3. Closer Look (The BIOS)
  4. Closer Look (The BIOS continued)
  5. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing: Apophysis & WinRAR
  9. Testing: Specview 10 & PcMark Vantage
  10. Testing: Sandra XII Professional
  11. Testing: Sciencemark, CineBench 10, & HD Tune
  12. Testing: Crysis
  13. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  14. Testing: BioShock
  15. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  16. Testing: World In Conflict
  17. Testing: Call of Juarez
  18. Testing: Company of Heroes - Opposing Fronts
  19. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  20. Extras:
  21. Conclusion
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