MSI P45 Platinum Reviewccokeman - June 29, 2008
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The BIOS is a place where you can make or break the performance of the motherboard. By the same token not having the available options to adjust can make maximizing the performance of the installed hardware leave you wanting more. The BIOS on the MSI P45 Platinum is by American Megatrends. Let's see if MSI made this BIOS overclocking friendly.
Standard CMOS Features:
The Standard CMOS features page shows items that include the time, date, attached optical and hard drives and the basic system configuration under the System information tab. The CPU frequency, amount of installed system memory and the BIOS revision are all listed here.
Advanced BIOS Features:
The Advanced BIOS Features page allows changing the boot sequence, viewing and disabling or enabling the CPU features, enabling the Trusted Computing Module (if included), setting the order in which the BIOS polls the expansion slots for a graphics cards.
The Integrated Peripherals section is used to configure the on board devices including the sound, USB, LAN, 1394 Firewire and the way you want to set up the hard drives.
Power Management Setup:
This section of the BIOS allows the standby state of the computer to be setup. The ACPI functions and power loss recovery state.
The Hardware Monitor allows the end user to monitor the temperature of the CPU and System. The fan speed for the CPU can be controlled based on the temperature of the processor or set to 100% duty cycle by disabling the temperature control. The two additional fans can be monitored and controlled based on the duty cycle set for each fan.
The power savings features of the MSI P45 Platinum are found under the Green Power Section.
Using the capabilities of this section just make sense if you will be overclocking the P45 Platinum. Saving a batch of settings that work as a baseline for pushing further as well as saving the best batch of settings for every day use leaves a couple extra slots for those special bench sessions.
The Cell Menu is where the majority of the adjustment will take place. This section will be looked at in more depth next. The Load Fail safe defaults, Load Optimized Defaults and Exit options are self explanatory.