Being a mid-range board price wise, which starts to encroach X58 board prices, we were very curious to see how well the MSI P55-GD65 overclocked. In the screen shot above, we pushed the Base Clock as high as we could without encountering any issues. We were able to run 205 Base Clock without any issues, and combined with a 21x multiplier of the i7 860, this affords plenty of speed for any 24/7 air cooling set up.
Next we decided to see just how high we could push the memory and CPU speed with our board. With the Base Clock dialed back to 200, we ran an impressive 4.2GHz, with memory running at 2000MHz! Again, this is enough to push even the best 24/7 air cooling systems to, and likely past, their limits.