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MSI's P55 motherboards have a "V-Kit"

MSI's P55 motherboards have a "V-Kit"

MSI's P55-GD65 (shown) and GD80 are just two of the P55 boards that will feature its V-Kit.

Sneaky moles inside MSI today revealed to us that all MSI's latest P55 motherboards - top to bottom - will feature a new "V-Kit", allowing the end user to check the voltages of the motherboard with a multimeter while you game or benchmark.

Long have enthusiasts asked for such a feature, and it's already appeared on certain ultra premium boards like Asus Republic of Gamer, Foxconn Quantum Force or EVGA, but this is the first time a manufacturer has included the feature across an entire range.

Generally multimeter readings are far more accurate than in-BIOS or in-OS readouts, as it can take factors like vdrop and vdroop into consideration to show the actual voltages being applied to the silicon.

It also allows up to two of the CPU voltage, vtt, memory and P55 chispet voltage points to be checked simultaneously because of the access to separate grounding.

Check the pictures below to see what it will look like on the final product, and also the "essential" YouTube video.

Would you use this feature? Let us know in the forums.

MSI's P55 motherboards have a
P55-GD65

MSI's P55 motherboards have a
P55-GD80

MSI's P55 motherboards have a
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Floyd 2nd July 2009, 14:57 Quote
Very nice feature but I think it should only be offered on the higher end mobos. I just think it might be a un-needed feature for those buying the cheaper boards.
mjm25 2nd July 2009, 15:00 Quote
is it perhaps cheaper/bring economies of scale to include it on every board, as designs are built around this one key feature?
wuyanxu 2nd July 2009, 15:15 Quote
surely that's asking a little too much from the average enthusiastic. ever since Core2 CPU's, even the kids are overclocking their CPU and not know how to configure it correctly. with such easy measurements, those kids may stick wires in them and shorting out the motherboard?

those who are serious can always find information on how to measure online, it's easy, simply use insulating tape to stick a piece of wire onto the point and connect the wire with a multimether.
KayinBlack 2nd July 2009, 15:30 Quote
I know a fair few people who get the cheaper boards and then still OC the hell out of them. This is a great idea across the range, just wish I had it on my GD-70.
Bindibadgi 2nd July 2009, 16:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by KayinBlack
I know a fair few people who get the cheaper boards and then still OC the hell out of them. This is a great idea across the range, just wish I had it on my GD-70.
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Can you please post attached 3 pictures.

Will make him very happy :)


Regards,


(MSI) Rich

http://forums.bit-tech.net/album.php?albumid=367

Talk about customer service!!
KayinBlack 2nd July 2009, 16:38 Quote
Epic. Sheer win.
boogerlad 2nd July 2009, 16:51 Quote
Useful for benching.
Krikkit 2nd July 2009, 16:52 Quote
I like the idea, personally. If you don't know what to do with it, you aren't liable to go sticking wires into it. If you did a computer wouldn't last long in your care. :p

Otherwise it's a useful feature for the more interested benchmarkers, and for those not interested it's not something that will up the price more than a quid or two either. It's not like it's a fancy new OC subsystem.
Mr T 2nd July 2009, 17:09 Quote
Why not sell a device that fits in a 5 1/4 bay which shows the outputs? With its own independent power source (voltmeter batteries last forever) to ensure its accurate. Would be safer i'm sure.

Though saying that if your even using them you probably don't have your pc in a case heh.
Bindibadgi 2nd July 2009, 17:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mr T
Why not sell a device that fits in a 5 1/4 bay which shows the outputs? With its own independent power source (voltmeter batteries last forever) to ensure its accurate. Would be safer i'm sure.

Though saying that if your even using them you probably don't have your pc in a case heh.

There's a mod project right there!!
KayinBlack 2nd July 2009, 17:32 Quote
I can get my MM in my case while it's still full-without removing any of the four loops of watercooling, in fact.

Just need a bigger case.
wuyanxu 2nd July 2009, 18:39 Quote
wait, it's a kit? so you get a free multimeter?

i need a MM, if they do, i'll buy that!
Bindibadgi 2nd July 2009, 21:00 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
wait, it's a kit? so you get a free multimeter?

i need a MM, if they do, i'll buy that!

I honestly dont know, and I doubt it. It's just the brand name.
KriTip 2nd July 2009, 22:23 Quote
A DMM is useful, but a scope, particulary a USB scope, can log, record and display noise on the supply signals, rather than just watching a slowly (in comparison) updated DMM LCD.
philheckler 3rd July 2009, 11:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr T
Why not sell a device that fits in a 5 1/4 bay which shows the outputs? With its own independent power source (voltmeter batteries last forever) to ensure its accurate. Would be safer i'm sure.

Though saying that if your even using them you probably don't have your pc in a case heh.

I thought the same thing - would be a nice feature......
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