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MSI K7D Master-L 760 MPX Motherboard Review

Author: Ryan Shrout
Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: MSI
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Overclocking and System Setup

This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective's website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.

MSI has done a little to appease those who are demanding an overclocking dual-Athlon motherboard. In the bios, there are multiplier adjustments but only up to 12.5x and not on into the 15x range we have seen on the recent KT333 boards. While this has the possibility to change with a bios revision, I only review what I have. The bus frequency settings are very limited, offering you only the five choices of 133, 138, 140, 144 and 150 MHz. FSB overclocking isn’t going to get you very far and even reaching the 138 MHz mark was a struggle. Default speeds only, please. :) Finally, you should note that Vcore control was left out completely.


The system setup for these tests are exactly like the ones on our Tyan Tiger MPX review using the Athlon MP 1900+ processors (I have 2000+ available, but didn’t feel the need or desire to go back and redo all the Tyan’s benchmarks). Additional benchmarks are included to help showcase the power of using two processors.




Test System Setup


CPU

2 x 1.60 GHz AMD Athlon MP 1900+ Processors

1 x 1.67 GHz AMD Athlon XP 2000+ Processor


Motherboards

MSI K7D Master-L

Tyan Tiger MPX

Abit KR7A-RAID


Memory

1 x 512MB Crucial PC2100 DDR DRAM


Hard Drive

20.5GB 7200 RPM IBM EIDE


Video Card

GeForce 3


Video Drivers

Detonator 22.40


Operating System

Windows XP



Tests:


Quake III: Arena

3DMark 2001

DronezMark

Wolfenstein MP

SiSoft Sandra Memory Bench

SiSoft Sandra CPU Bench

Content Creation Winstone 2001

Content Creation Winstone 2002

Business Winstone 2001

4 different SPEC view perf tests

Cachemem

ScienceMark

Sysmark 2001

CliBench III

Linux Compilation

Adobe Photoshop

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