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MSI's Wind Netbook gets a Turbo feature
by Slobodan Simic on07 November 2008
Updated BIOS and extended warranty
MSI has released a new BIOS for its MSI Wind netbook which enables overclocking of Intel's Atom CPU. According to the press release this BIOS overclocks the Intel Atom to almost 2GHz. In addition to the overclock feature, MSI has also decided to extend the warranty from 1 year to 2 years.
The new BIOS allows users to overclock the Atom from the reference 1.6GHz up to almost 2GHz or up to 24 percent. The overclock is done by the push of a button and CPU overclock can be set at 8, 16 or 24 percent.
We still don't know if this affects the noise level of the netbook as the overclocked CPU has to be cooled, but we do know that the TDP of Intel's Atom is 4W and the overclocking might not bring a lot of additional heat. The downside, however, is the fan is spinning faster even in non-overclocked mode.
MSI has also decided to extend the warranty period from 1 year to 2 years. The best part is that it applies to all MSI Wind netbooks, even those which have been purchased before. The warranty on the battery is unfortunately still one year.
You can find and download the new BIOS here.