Todays I recieved a gift from dear John, aka Soullessone21, that will somewhat update my computers into current state of things. In short, in a very nicely and carefully packed box arrived:
MSI P55A-GD55 - Intel P55 chipset, socket 1156 mainboard rev. 2.1
i5 750 1024k L2, 8192k L3, 2660Hz 133x20 1.120Vcore
2x 2048MB DDR3 1600MHz G.Skill RipJaws 9-9-9-24 1.5V (F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL)
2x 2048MB DDR3 1600MHz Kingston HyperX 9-9-9-27 1.9V (KHX12800D3K2/4G)
eVGA GTX 660 Superclocked 1046/1111MHz core, 2048MB GDDR5 at 6008MHz
So I get into work to test this out, hoping my old Enermax 620W Liberty will be up to the task. The most challenging thing was to work out the cables in the Bitfenix Merc Alpha, because I need the PATA HDD get connected and the abandoned connector is just at the end of the mainboard, bellow the last PCI slot:
…so it is really not well accesible in mid case, that put the PSU just on side with the end of the mainboard. But I pulled thru and get things working, the MSI mobo posted right away and at 39°C the CPU temp seems well reasonable. With no previous experience with such mainboard, I just went into the bios (old school one) and checked that everything is properly detected, etc.
Then the build was used to run the Sapphire A9RX480 mainboard (Opteron 148), so when the Windows tried to boot, it failed and reset come each time. Then I just disabled the Spread Spectrum (recommended for better O/C setting) and tried some Memtest and suddently the machine started booting into Windows 2000 SP4 Czech...!
(it probably just tried to boot from the PATA HDD and when I set the SSD as booting device, then things started working, the Spread Spectrum setting have nothing to do with it and I cannot see the PATA HDD in Windows, lol)
I was in shock, but these old Winblows booted up and started installing things to run...! It took many, many and many reboots till it install all it could and give me a mouse (USB mouse using for 1st time) ... but it works! I could not believe it, but it does work:
Sure, it disable the additional cores, effectively turning 4 core CPU into 1 core, but still… with Opteron 148 I get the SuperPi 1M test in about 39.7sec, now it took just 13.5sec
The graphic card is not installed yet, using a MSI GTX 210 as passive low-end testing card first.
So there is a proof, that Windows 2000 SP4 can work on MSI P55A-GD55 Not well (single core) and probably the 8G ram will be somewhat inaccesible, yet still it works.
About the overclock - well, I just pressed the OC genie, hit 2x the + button and suddently from 2.66GHz I got a 3GHz i5 750. So even the most lame users can do some overclock with this toy. Definitively this is an interesting MSI mainboard - it even have a USB 3, so it does look very promising to me.
Next step - GTX 660 Can it run under Win2k? Probably cannot, as the drivers will not support W2k, but... that will get tested