BIOS Features

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Here are your memory timing options for the MSI K8N Neo2 motherboard.  The 1T memory timing that was introduced with the newest stepping from AMD was included but only the standard memory timings are available for tweaking. 

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This is the main “Cell Menu” that you will use to tweak and overclock the components on the motherboard.  We’ll touch on each of these settings with images and descriptions below.

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The dynamic overclocking feature that MSI implements is similar to what NVIDIA introduced with their nForce3 Ultra chispet launch.  This feature overclocks the Hyper Transport and memory bus on the system during non-idle periods for faster performance when you need it and throttles it back during idle for lower temperatures.  The different levels here are differentiated by military designations, but all you need to know is that farther down = more overclocking and more risk for lock ups.  The % that the board actually overclocks are seen on the right side: 1%, 3%, 5%, 7%, 9% and 11%.

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This sets the Hyper Transport frequency between the CPU and chipset.  Here we have set it to 5x, meaning 1000 MHz, the new speed implemented in the 939-pin processors.  The older processors used 4x (or 800 MHz) HT buses.

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Here is the multiplier adjustments; if you have an FX processor you can move up and down in multipliers, otherwise you are limited to just underclocking the processor via the multiplier.  However, you can couple that with FSB overclocking for better performance.

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