MSI P965 Neo-F For Core 2 Duo - Overclocking the P965 Neo-F

Article Index
MSI P965 Neo-F For Core 2 Duo
Board Layout - Up Close
Very Standard BIOS - Lean on Tweaking
Test Setup and Early Benchmarks
Application Benchmarks - Continued...
Game Performance and Benchmarking
Game Benchmarking - Continued...
Overclocking the P965 Neo-F
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Overclocking:

This board has a few overclocking features, but it's nothing earth shattering.  We were only able to run the Motherboard up to a FSB of 296MHz which brought our CPU speed up to 2.66GHz.  This is really a disappointing overclock and at this point I believe that is the motherboard that is holding us back.  MSI gives you the option of turning down the multiplier on the CPU.  In theory, this could help you raise the FSB higher, but all we could reach is the aforementioned 296MHz.  Even though the overclock is minor, it still raises the performance bar from this little CPU quite a bit in some cases.  Let's take a look at these numbers below.

SiSoft Performance
SiSoft Performance

Super Pi
Super Pi

Right off the top we see that overclocking noticeable increases both CPU and Memory performance in a couple of tests.  SiSoft Sandra shows a nice improvement and we can get a SuperPi calculation of 1M in less than 20 seconds.  We'll now carry on to the application benchmarks we ran previously and compare our overclocked speed with the original stock speed.

Next up we'll take a look at some encoding.  We've got Audio and DivX encoding.

Overclocked - Audio Encode
Overclocked - Audio Encode

Overclocked - DivX Encode
Overclocked - DivX Encode

There is some extra performance to be had when you clock up to the E6600 speed as you can see above.  We'll carry on with a look next at QuickTime Encoding and PhotoShop CS2 performance.

Overclocked - QuickTime Encode
Overclocked - QuickTime Encode

Overclocked - PhotoShop CS2
Overclocked - PhotoShop CS2

With a fast run of 133 seconds for the entire PhotoShop benchmark, this puts our test system in 21st place in the DriverHeaven benchmark list.  That's not bad for a $400 processor and a $130 motherboard.

Lastly we'll take a look at the Ultima Online Server Test which requires XML and database parsing and some Zip compression.

Overclocked - Server Load
Overclocked - Server Load

Overclocked - File Compression
Overclocked - File Compression

There is noticeable improvement in zipping our test file package, but not much difference in extracting them.  The Ultima Online Server loads a bit faster as well as it shaves about 3 seconds off the stock speed.

We'll wrap things up on the last page with our conclusion.