MSI P55-CD53 Motherboard Review :: BIOS and Overclocking

09-07-2009 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

MSI uses a modified version of the American Megatrends AMIBIOS on their P55-CD53 motherboard. The Main Menu is split into Standard CMOS Features, Advanced BIOS Features, Integrated Peripherals, Power Management Setup, H/W Monitor, Green Power, BIOS Setting Password, Cell Menu, M-Flash, and Overclocking Profiles.


MSI P55-CD53  Motherboard Review Battery

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MSI P55-CD53  Motherboard Review OC Genie

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MSI P55-CD53  Motherboard Review Plus and Minus button

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MSI P55-CD53  Motherboard Review Overclocked

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Standard CMOS Features has the Date, Time, Drives detected, Floppy Drive and System Information listed. The board has eight SATA ports, with each SATA port listed if IDE or AHCI mode is enabled for the two SATA controllers. The Advanced BIOS Features page has the Boot Sequence, he BIOS Flash Protection, Quick Boot, the Primary Graphics Adapter and TPM support.

The Integrated Peripherals menu is where the USB, the LAN, the RAID controllers and the audio is enabled or disabled. Green Power is where you enable the Power saving mode allowing the motherboard to operate on lower Power Phase levels saving the environment. The heart of the BIOS is in the Cell Menu. Here is where you set the overclocking parameters of the motherboard.

There is a new setting for Intel CPUs since the Core i7, Turbo Boost. Turbo Boost on the MSI board set the Core i5 750 to 2.806GHz, a 133MHz overclock over the standard clock speeds. The MSI board has a wide array of overclocking features but thereís a new one called OC Genie. OC Genie automatically overclocks the CPU with the touch of the OC Genie button. The clock speed of the Core i5 750 is normally 2.66GHz, but with OC Genie enabled it is set to 3.06GHz.

There is a + and a Ė button on the board. These are used to adjust the Base Clock frequency upwards or downwards by 1.5MHz (definable in BIOS) steps. Using the OC Genie and the + buttons I was able to reach 3.4GHz 100% stable. This was a BCLK of 200MHz multiplied by 17x multiplier. The maximum temperature at this clock speed under stress was 57C. The overclock is a 28% increase over the standard clock speeds of 2.66GHz. This was using an air cooler, which is not a bad overclock at all.


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