In the menu ”standard CMOS features” it’s possible to set the standard settings like date, time and get an overview of the connected units. In “advanced CMOS features” the more exciting settings are found.
Even though the MSI P6NGM-FD motherboard isn’t designed for overclocking, the possibilities is still there.
It’s possible to change the FSB frequency. Besides that it’s also possible to alter the RAM timings manually. Running with RAM and FSB unlinked is possible too. So even though the MSI P6NGM-FD motherboard hasn’t got a BIOS with a 1000 different settings, it’s still enough for getting an office machine or media center to run properly.The test:
Normally when we review motherboards here at TWEAK.dk we usually use 3dmark scores and other synthetic benchmarks for judging the motherboard. But the MSI P6NGM-FD is designed for office use or in an HTPC, so on top of the usual tests, we’ll also look at how it handles various media center software and if the MSI P6NGM-FD is capable of playing HD material. The MSI P6NGM-FD will be tested in a setup with the following hardware.
• Intel Pentium Dual Core E2160
• Kingston DDR2-667, 2x1024MB, CAS 5
• 2 stk. Samsung 500Gb ST166
• NEC AD-7203S-0B
• shg Computers - SCP400FL
• CoolerMaster Gemin II
• OrigenAE S14V Case
• Vista 32 bit Premium
In the synthetic benchmark, the setup mentioned above will be compared to a system consisting of the following central elements:
• Intel Core2Duo E6600
• 2 stk. Corsair CMX21024-6400C4
• Western Digital Caviar SE16 2500KS
• Corsair HX620W
• Windows Vista64
First we look at the usual benchmarks. 3DMark06 and PCMark05
Even though the MSI P6NGM-FD isn’t designed to set any kind of world record we’ll still test its ability to calculate PI with 16 million decimals.