MSI P55-GD65 Reviewccokeman - October 1, 2009
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MSI has chosen to use an American Megatrends BIOS on the P55-GD65. The latest version OS 1.3 that was released midway through the testing, so I will be using version 1.2 for this review. For the most part the options are what have been in place for a while so that current MSI users will be right at home. Navigation is done via traditional methods using the arrow keys for up and down and side to side movements. You have several options along the bottom in a separate menu including basic instructions on how to navigate though the menus as well as the normal exit methods. I will show each of the tabs and what you can find when you enter each but will only go into greater detail on the Cell Menu section since this is where the overclocker will spend their time.
Standard CMOS Features This section contains the basic setup data for the computer and is used to set up the date, time and view how your disk drives are allocated. The installed processor and amount of memory are visible under the system information tab.
Advanced Bios Features Under this section you can set the boot order, decide whether or not to display your post sequence or the full screen display and choose which port to search first for a graphics card.
Integrated Peripherals This section allows you to setup the functionality of the on board devices such as the LAN ports, Raid Controllers,USB Controller and the serial port.
Power Management Setup In this menu you can set up the standby settings and how to react to a loss of power.
Hardware Monitor This section is just what the name implies. Here you can setup the CPU and chassis fan performance, monitor the CPU temperature, system temperature, fan speeds CPU Vcore and a few select voltages.
Green Power Here you can setup the phase control of the motherboard. The options are Auto and disabled. To use the Green Power energy management you need to have the phase control on Auto. The LED Control is to allow you to turn off the Phase monitoring LEDs on the board. Current draw can be viewed in this section.
BIOS Setting Password Here you can set up a password to secure your BIOS and system.
Cell Menu is where you do all of your overclocking. This section carries all of the voltage and clock speed tweaking options to get the most from the P55-GD65. This section will be covered in more detail on the next page as it deserves another section.
M FlashHave you ever had a hard time flashing the BIOS or been reluctant to do so because you thought it to complicated of a procedure with consequences you were not ready to accept (Unusable hardware), then worry no more. M Flash is a simple utility in the the BIOS to flash you BIOS with just a few simple easy to follow steps. You have the ability to save your current BIOS just in case something does go wrong making recovery a little bit easier.
Overclocking Profile Here you are able to store a total of 6 separate overclocking profiles so you do not have to keep starting from scratch each tome you want to overclock. You can save a 'Good' profile that you know is a stable starting point and then tweak from there or save profiles that work well for you one for day to day work, one for gaming and one for extreme benchmarking with a few still left over.
The rest of the menu items are pretty much self explanatory and are they as a one-click way back from the edge so you can have the factory start points set up in the BIOS based on your installed hardware.
Now let's take a more intimate look at the Cell Menu section of the BIOS.