MSI K9N Platinum nForce 570 Ultra - A Pretty Standard BIOS

Article Index
MSI K9N Platinum nForce 570 Ultra
Board Layout - Up Close
A Pretty Standard BIOS
Test Setup, Network Performance and More
Applications Benchmarks
Application Benchmarks - Continued...
Game Performance and Benchmarking

BIOS:

MSI uses the popular AWARD BIOS on both their Intel and AMD motherboards and they keep the layout very uniform across the board.  This is helpful for those that play around in the BIOS only a little bit as they will be able to find things on both platforms equally easy.  This BIOS has plenty of tweaking features for those that want to push things farther than they should.  Plenty of voltage options and ranges are available, but one voltage adjustment is missing - chipset voltage.  Please click any of the images below to view a full-sized picture.

Enter The BIOS
 Enter The BIOS

The BIOS is broken down into areas of interest below.  At the end, we'll go over MSI's Cell Menu which is where the majority of the boards tweaking features are located.

Standard CMOS
 Standard CMOS

Advanced BIOS
 Advanced BIOS

Advanced Chipset
 Advanced Chipset

Above are a few screenshots of BIOS areas that we are all familiar with.  Stand CMOS and Advanced BIOS settings are enough to help you get rid of the full screen logo and adjust boot order.  The advanced chipset features include CPU multiplier adjustment, HTT multiplier adjustment and HTT link width.  We left these at defaults for testing.

Below are some screenshots of the Integrated Peripherals setup, Power Management configuration and PNP/PCI Configuration.

Integrated Peripherals
 Integrated Peripherals

Power Management
 Power Management

PNP/PCI Config
 PNP/PCI Config

One thing that I found particularly interesting with this board is the temperature at which it reported the CPU.  I flashed the BIOS to the latest version and it still reported the CPU temp with a "-" in front of the numeric value.  I have no idea why it reports this way - even Windows software report the CPU temperature as -48°C.

Hardware Monitor

In the Hardware Monitoring area you have all the usual fan speed/temperature controls as well as Chassis Intrusion.

As we enter the Cell Menu, things get a little more enthusiast oriented.  We were able to hit a pretty high CPU frequency at 295Mhz, but with the CPU multiplier turned down to 6x.  Our setup didn't like high FSB with a decent multiplier at all.  It was either high multiplier and low FSB or high FSB with a low multiplier.  Take a look at all the adjustments below.

Cell Menu
 Cell Menu

CPU Frequency
 CPU Frequency

CPU Frequency Config
 CPU Frequency Config

     

Dynaminc Overclocking
 Dynaminc Overclocking

Memory Speed
 Memory Speed

Memory Configuration
 Memory Configuration

If you don't want to try and tweak and overclock your rig by adjusting settings manually, you can always choose the Dynamic Overclocking feature which can boost your system by as much as 15%.  We tried out this feature and it worked well.

CPU voltage can be adjusted quite liberally and memory voltage can be adjusted much higher than I would every run my memory.  To put it bluntly, a n00b tweaker could easily fry their hardware without proper cooling on their memory, CPU and more.

On the next page we'll take a look at our test setup and start with some benchmarks.