MSI 975X Platinum V.2 PowerUp Ed. - 975X Platinum BIOS Screenshots

Article Index
MSI 975X Platinum V.2 PowerUp Ed.
Up Close and Board Features
975X Platinum BIOS Screenshots
Test Setup and Initial Testing
Overclocking and Software Applications
Synthetic Benchmarks - SiSoft and More
Real-World Apps and More
Game Tests and Conclusion

BIOS:

The BIOS is pretty straightforward and we'll be touching on a few basics, then heading over to the Core Center section where all the magic happens. Feel free to click any of the thumbnails to view the images full-size.

Main BIOS
 Main BIOS

CPU Feature
 CPU Feature

   

SATA Configuration
 SATA Configuration

Memory Settings
 Memory Settings

By default the board runs your memory by SPD, but you have the ability to tweak the "big four" memory settings.  The only settings that you can tweak are the typical 3-3-3-12 type settings for your memory.  Unless you're a hardcore tweaker, this is really enough.  Because the board supports ECC memory as well as regular non-ECC memory, you have the ability to enable this feature in the BIOS as well.

Hardware Monitor
Hardware Monitor

The hardware monitor section shows basic hardware info and reports the CPU and System temp.  Basic voltages and fan speeds are also displayed.

As I mention previously, the Cell Menu is where the magic happens.  Unfortunately, there isn't a whole lot of magic in this BIOS.  There are really very few tweaking options, voltage and ratio adjustments.  After playing with the Gigabyte 965P-DQ6, I was quite disappointed with the limited BIOS adjustments available.

Cell Menu - CPU Ratio
 Cell Menu - CPU Ratio

Cell Menu - FSB Frequency
 Cell Menu - FSB Frequency

Cell Menu - Memory Ratio
 Cell Menu - Memory Ratio

     

Cell Menu - CPU Voltage
 Cell Menu - CPU Voltage

Cell Menu - Memory Voltage
 Cell Menu - Memory Voltage

Cell Menu - PCIe Voltage
 Cell Menu - PCIe Voltage

One complaint I have with the BIOS on this board is that when you choose Memory Ratios, they don't always work when you boot Windows.  The ratio is sometimes different than what is selected in the BIOS.  This depends on how fast your FSB is running.  At stock speeds the memory ratios work fine, but at higher speeds you don't always get what you ask for.  At times the ratio is higher than what it should be and this can cause the system to hang if the memory is running faster than it can handle.  Other than that, the Cell Menu provides basic tweaking and voltage adjustment.  With so little adjustments available and no ability to adjust FSB and MCH voltage, I didn't expect much out of this board in terms of overclocking.

On the next page we'll take a look at our test system, overclocking and more!