MSI P67A-G43 (B3) Intel P67 Motherboard Review

Written by: Rashed Talukder
Date: May 11th, 2014
Rating: 8.0 out of 10
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Install & First Boot

Installation of the P67A-G43 couldn’t be any simpler with only 6 mounting screws and ample space to connect everything. I do see an issue for those running crossfire or SLi, since the 2nd card will definitely block the SATA ports. With some right-angle SATA wires, though, it works perfectly; luckily, MSi has already provided the package with two (2) right-angle SATA cables.

The BIOS itself uses a GUI interface that has a very simplistic Windows-esque feel to it. Everything requires you to double-click, and pressing ‘Enter’ won’t suffice. The only menus of any importance are the ‘settings’ and ‘OC’ menus. I shut-off/disabled ‘Green Power’ and all of the settings for it since I didn’t want it to interfere with my overclock settings. Also, I don’t leave my computer on when I’m not using it, so I’d rather not keep it on.

The motherboard can be configured for either RAID 0, 1, 5, or 10. I set it up to use RAID 0 for speed, and to live life on the very edge! Thankfully, the configuration for RAID is pretty simple. You need to go into the BIOS first and set the SATA ports to operate in RAID, and then reboot into the RAID controller settings (CTRL + i), but it’s fairly seamless. Unfortunately, the instructions manual does not state any of this, so you might be stuck scratching your head.

Upon boot, everything loads up clean, and first thing I noticed, due to the sandy bridge, is how unbelievably fast it is. The system temperatures run cool even with heavy media processes going on, as a good motherboard should.

Overclocking

So now after seeing how it is with the stock settings, it’s time to play around with the factory settings and see how much you can get out of it. The great thing about the MSi board is that they made it incredibly easy. There are two options, you can use the provided software and make changes in Windows or do it through the BIOS. The i7 already has a factory overclocking mechanism called Turbo Boost 2.0, which takes the chip from 3.4GHz to 3.8GHz, but that’s just a slight nudge in speed. The overclock settings let you really exploit your hardware.

After disabling all Green Power settings, I left Intel Speed Step on and I set the multiplier to 43 and all the voltages and everything else to AUTO. I did however have to also select the “Extreme” memory settings since that made my Ripjaws memory use the specified timings. After doing that and a quick save and reboot, I fired her up and loaded Hyper Pi for 12 hours. Maximum temperature on CPUID was 78°C and core voltage was 1.30 volts with a total of 4.3GHz of CPU clock speed.

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