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 Review, MSI NEO-LSR 875P Canterwood Motherboard
BIOS and overclocking
By: Sverre Sjøthun, June 19, 2003  Print this article


MSI has utilized the AMI BIOS setup for the MSI NEO-LSR, just like on most of their other motherboards. The AMI BIOS is very straightforward and self-explanatory, however if you whish to dig deeper into the plethora of BIOS options this board offers then Adrian Rojak Pot’s “Definitive BIOS optimization guide” is a good place to start. It is by far the most comprehensive BIOS guide available anywhere on the net.

The MSI NEO-LSR offers a nice set of overclocking options and monitoring features. In the PC Health section you will find information about various system parameters including CPU temperature, system temperature, CPU and Northbridge fan speed, Vcore, PSU readings on all rails as well as battery status. We do however miss fan-speed controls as many other manufacturers have been implementing this for some time now.

During our Prometeia review we soon found that the CPU temperature in BIOS version 1.0 did not read correctly, and as we stated in the review, at sub zero temperatures, it was simply left out blank. Hopefully MSI will take care of this problem in their next BIOS revision.

The blanked out processor temperature

The blanked out processor temperature

In the Frequency/Voltage section you’ll find a number of options for tweaking and overclocking, such as CPU multiplier option, should you be “lucky” enough to have an Engineering Sample. ES processors let you alter multiplier to a degree, but are usually not very spectacular overclockers due to early batches. You'll also find DRAM Frequency, FSB Frequency, AGP/PCI Frequency, Vcore, VDIMM and VAGP. The two latter obviously let you manipulate the DIMM and AGP voltage respectively.

If you are using a 533FSB processor your available DIMM options are Dual DDR 266 and DDR333. However, using a 800MHz processor adds the DDR400 option and this gives overclocking enthusiasts the flexibility they need without being limited by high memory and high FSB-speeds. In short, you’ve got 1:1, 3:2 and 5:4 memory dividers to find the sweet spot for your setup.

With regard to the overclocking and tweaking options we can truly say that this board has all the features you need, and then some. Feature-wise, it is by far the most overclocking-friendly Pentium 4 motherboard we have had in our labs to date and it even gave us a couple of hundred MHz extra over the Asus P4G8X Deluxe in our Prometeia review published in May. For those of you that want the numbers, we reached 3.2GHz with the P4 2.4GHz without any problems at all.

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