MSI is likely one of the giants inside the PC hardware business. They’ve been round for so long as I can keep in mind. Motherboards is likely one of the floor stones of their enterprise however the firm have diversified into many various areas the final couple of years and as you might know, MSI is now one of many prime suppliers of laptops.
At the moment I’m going to assessment a really fascinating motherboard from MSI, the NF750-G55. Listed here are the specs:
Processor Help AMD® Phenom(TM) II/Athlon(TM)II/Phenom(TM) with AM3 package deal.
Chipset NVIDIA® nForce 750a SLI single chipset
Hyper Transport Bus HyperTransport three,zero supporting velocity as much as 5200MT/s
Reminiscence o Twin Helps DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600 (OC)
– four DDR3 DIMMs (240pin/1.5V)
– Helps as much as 16GB.
Slots o 2 PCI Categorical x16 slots with x16 operation (PCI Categorical Bus SPEC V2.zero compliant)
o When 2 PCI Categorical x16 slots plows all put in, sixteen the PCIE x lanes will automotive organize type x16/x0 to x8/x8.
o 2 PCI Categorical x1 slots
o 1 PCI slots, help three.3V/5V PCI bus interface.
On-Board IDE o One IDE port by NVIDIA® nForce 750a SLI
On-Board SATA o 5 SATA II ports by NVIDIA® nForce 750a SLI
o 1 eSATA II port by NVIDIA® nForce 750a SLI
– Helps storage and knowledge transfers at as much as 3Gb/s
Perform RAID 1-5 SATA II help RAID zero 1 zero+1 /5 or JBOD mode by NVIDIA® nForce 750a SLI
Audio o Chipset built-in by Realtek® ALC889
– Versatile eight-channel audio with jack sensing
– Compliant with Azalia 1.zero Spec
LAN Helps 10/one hundred/one thousand Quick Ethernet by Realtek 45CL
Inner I/O Connectors – ATX 24-pin to energy connector
– ATX four-pin 12V CPU to energy connector
– CPU x 1/System x three FAN connectors
– CD-in connector
– Clear CMOS to jumper
– Energy button
– Chassis intrusion change connector
– Entrance audio panel connector
– Entrance panel connector
– Serial port connector
– three x USB 2.zero further connector help 6 ports
– 1 x Floppy disk disk drive connector
– 5 x Serial ATA II connectors
– 1 x ATA133 IDE connectors
– 1 x SPDIF-out to header
– 1 x TPM modulates to header
– 1 x OC Change
Again Panel I/O Ports – 1 x PS/2 keyboard
– 1 x PS/2 mouse
– 1 x 6 in 1 audio jack
– 6 x USB 2.zero ports
– 1 x RJ45 LAN jack
– 1 x eSATA port
– 1 x DVI-D port
– 1 x Graphic Card port
– 1 x HDMI port
Different Traits MSI Lively Part Switching
MSI Straightforward OC Change
MSI Stay Replace on-line
MSI Stay Replace four
True Audio Blu-ray
By the specs of the NF750-G55 it is easy to conclude that MSI has labored onerous to supply one thing a bit of additional with this board. The board gives help for SLI, Hybrid SLI and has some fascinating proprietary applied sciences of MSI, just like the “Straightforward OC Change”. On this evaluate I can’t check the SLI performance since it has been completed earlier than, as an alternative I’ll concentrate on the built-in GeForce 8200 chip and see what it may possibly produce when it comes to efficiency.
The NF750-G55 is available in a moderately sober wanting cardboard field of ordinary measurement. On it, MSI emphasizes the help of the newest AMD processors, the help for SLI and Hybrid SLI and a few of the additional options just like the True Blu-ray Audio, APS and Straightforward OC Change.
The included equipment are: a guide; a fast begin set up information; a drivers and utilities CD; the I/O again panel plate; SATA and IDE cables and a SATA energy converter cable.
MSI NF750-G55 IN DETAIL
Though the MSI NF750-G55 is of the ATX commonplace, it is a bit of narrower than most different ATX boards.
There are four reminiscence slots which helps as much as 16GB of DDR3 (as much as 1600MHz). To make clear a bit right here, the chipset formally solely helps as much as 1333MHz, nevertheless it’s potential to run the reminiscences at 1600MHz by doing a small change to the multiplier within the BIOS.
The one heatsink on the motherboard is the heatsink situated on the nForce 750a SLI circuit.
The CPU cooler is fixed with screws which I feel is nice because it permits you to actually get a grip of how tight the cooler is fixed, a lot better than with plastic anchorage techniques. The four pin connector for the CPU is situated in the midst of the board.
The MSI Lively Part Switching (APS) is situated to the proper of the 12V ATX connector. This technique is answerable for actual time automated regulation of the facility feeded to the CPU. The facility degree is definitely illustrated by four LEDs which is a pleasant additional function.
The board has two PCI-E x16 ports and 1 PCI port. As you possibly can see; the PCI-E ports are separated by fairly an enormous distance. For those who use a double slot card within the second PCI-E port you will be unable to make use of the PCI port in any respect. It will have been higher to put the PCI port earlier than the primary PCI-E x16 port.
The interior connectivity additionally incorporates 5 SATA 2 ports with RAID performance, three USB 2.zero ports, a COM port connector, connectors for exterior audio; digital S/PDIF and a CD contact.
The built-in chips for the sound and the Ethernet connectivity are the Realtek ALC889 and RTL45CL. Each chips are of top of the range and supported with wonderful drivers. The Fintek chip situated subsequent to the battery is answerable for the overall I/O features of the motherboard and in addition makes it attainable to regulate followers with the favored);
Maybe probably the most fascinating function of this motherboard is the “Straightforward OC Change”. It consists of a pink change as you possibly can see from the picture under. This change permits us to extend the FSB of as much as 35% with out having to do some other modifications. In precept this addition is superb, however it is going to solely work nicely if the processor you’re utilizing helps overclocking without having a rise of the voltage.
The again panel connectivity is superb; verify the specs above for an entire listing.
INSTALLING THE TEST EQUIPMENT
For the exams of the MSI NF750-G55 I used the next hardware and software program:
Exhausting disk Seagate ST3320620AS (SATA 2, 16MB, 7200rpm)
Energy provide Zalman ZM660-XT
Case Cooler Grasp 690 cm PURE
Working system and software program
Working system Home windows XP SP3
System drivers V1.zero BIOS
nForce 15.forty nine
Benchmarks 3D Mark 06
PC Mark 05
SiSoftware Sandra Lite XII
SuperPI 1,5 XS MOD
HD Tune 2.fifty five
Crystal DiskMark 2.2
Lightsmark 2008 (1280&occasions;1024)
FurMark 1,four (1280&occasions;1024, NoMSAA)
Actual exams WinRAR three.eighty
X264HD Benchmark 2.zero
X3: Demo assembly
X3: Terran Battle Rolling Demo
Officers’ Membership of Revolutionary Armed Forces Cry 2
DH Photoshop Benchmark
Different software program CPU-Z 1.fifty one
Listed here are a few screenshots of the hardware I used:
Within the graphics check I used a decision of 1024&occasions;800 with the very best graphics settings.
The BIOS on this board comes from AMI (American Megatrends Inc) and could be very intuitive and straightforward to deal with when overclocking.
The menu that me probably the most was in fact the Cell Menu the place all the actual necessary settings are, at the least of you need to overclock your system. Although the NF750-G55 might be thought-about a medium vary motherboard it presents many prospects for overclocking each the CPU and the reminiscence modules.
The M-Flash program which is included on this BIOS is definitely distinctive to MSI motherboards. It is a sensible little program which lets us replace the BIOS and even to backup and recuperate previous BIOS variations.
There’s additionally a menu referred to as “Consumer Settings”. It makes it potential to setup totally different “profiles” of the BIOS setting. This will come in useful if you wish to shortly load a preset of overclocking settings for a gaming session or comparable.
BENCHMARKING TESTING PART 1
The CPU efficiency of the nForce 750a chip is inside the margins that I had hoped for. Nevertheless the reminiscence testing got here out slightly brief which stunned me as that is usually a robust space with the NVIDIA chips.
BENCHMARKING TESTING PART 2
The learn and write speeds of the HD have been excellent which signifies that NVIDIA have solved the driving force points which have induced the onerous disk to work slower than it ought to on older chipsets.
REAL WORLD TESTING
What draw my consideration of the above outcomes have been the poor outcomes from the WinRAR check. My conclusion is that it have to be because of the reminiscence drawback famous above.
Within the check of the IGP GeForce 8200 chip I did not obtain any exceptional leads to the 3D testing so it is easy to conclude that you simply should not use it for gaming. It did work simply effective for playback of HD movies although.
The facility utilization of this technique is actually low, particularly when it is working in idle mode which makes it a sensible choice in case you are constructing a 24/7 system.
NVIDIA has made basic AMD overclocking chipsets up to now together with the now virtually legendary nForce 2 and nForce four platforms. So what concerning the nForce 750a SLI overclocking capabilities? The next screenshots says all of it:
I used to be capable of overclock the FSB to 264MHz (!) which was truly a bit shocking to me, I hadn’t anticipated it to be so “overclock pleasant” being a medium vary card.
I additionally tried to overclock the built-in graphics card (GeForce 8200). I managed to get it to run secure at 601/1442MHz for the core and shaders respectively.
My first expertise with the NF750 chipset has been a pleasure. The MSI NF750-G55 is a really numerous motherboard. It may be utilized in a hardcore SLI excessive finish system or it may be used as a base plate for a HTPC venture because of the built-in VGA with HDMI output.
Usually, MSI has managed to construct an amazing motherboard across the nForce 750a SLI chipset. Its efficiency and overclocking talents are wonderful as the identical goes for its connectivity. The built-in graphics answer is sweet however not as highly effective as a number of the built-in chips that AMD/ATI presents.