Overclocking Results

MSI OC Genie

MSI's OC Genie BIOS-based overclocking solution was able to boot the system stable at a 4.2GHz CPU speed (42x CPU ratio with 100MHz base clock) with memory running at its rated 2133MHz speed as well. The system was rock solid stable at these speeds. System stability was determined by running a combination of LinX and FurMark over with LinX running for 500 loops with Memory set to All and FurMark running at 1280×1024 resolution and 2x MSAA in stress test mode.

Manual Overclocking

Using manual settings in the MSI UEFI BIOS via the OC page, I was able stabilize the system at a 103MHz base clock with a 4.3GHz CPU speed and memory running at 1922MHz. System stability was tested over a 10 hour period with LinX running for 500 loops with Memory set to All and FurMark running at 1280×1024 resolution and 2x MSAA in stress test mode. Note that the system overclock would not stabilize without active cooling (via a 120mm fan) running over the board's heatpipe.

Overclocking page settings

  • CPU Base Frequency [10kHz] – 10300
  • Adjust CPU Ratio – 42
  • Internal PLL Overvoltage – Enabled
  • EIST – Enabled
  • Intel Turbo Boost – Disabled
  • Enhanced Turbo – Disabled
  • Vdroop Offset Control – +100%
  • CPU Core OCP Expander – Enhanced
  • CPU Core Engine Speed – 1.5x
  • CPU Core Voltage – 1.2750
  • CPU I/O Voltage – 1.110
  • DRAM Voltage – 1.6030
  • System Agent Voltage(SA) – 1.0900
  • CPU PLL Voltage – Auto (1.80V)
  • PCH 1.05 – 1.1270

Memory Configuration settings

  • DRAM Reference Clock – 266
  • DRAM Frequency – DDR3-1922MHz
  • tCL – 11
  • tRCD – 11
  • tRP – 11
  • tRAS – 30
  • Command Rate – 2
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