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MSI 790GX-G65 AM3 Motherboard Review


Closer Look:

Cell Menu:

The overclocking section of the MSI 790GX-G65 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. Here you can view the CPU Specifications, enable or disable Cool 'n' Quiet, adjust the CPU speed, change the HT multiplier, and alter overclocking settings.












The memory section of the CELL menu allows you to control all of the speeds and timings of the DDR3 memory. You can set the timings either together or independently for more defined control. You can also set the memory speed manually using ratios or you can set it to auto and have the SPD set it if programmed.





The Onboard VGA overclock section allows you to change the speed of the integrated video. The default is 500MHz. Below that is the HT Width and multiplier configuration. Here you can change the HT Link width to auto, 8 bit or 16 bit. You can also set the HT Link Multiplier. Lastly at the bottom of the Cell Menu is the voltage control. The values are changed by using the + or - keys to raise or lower the voltage in increments for better voltage control.




 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: Drivers & Programs
  4. Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. Closer Look: The BIOS Continued
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar
  9. Testing: Specview 10, PcMark Vantage
  10. Testing: Sandra 2009 Professional
  11. Testing: Sciencemark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  12. Testing: Far Cry 2
  13. Testing: Crysis-Warhead
  14. Testing: BioShock
  15. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  16. Testing: Dead Space
  17. Testing: Fallout 3
  18. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  19. Testing: 3DMark06
  20. Testing: 3DMark Vantage Professional
  21. Conclusion
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