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Software

The configuring and monitoring software shipped with the MSI K8N Diamond consists of programs developed by NVIDIA for its nForce4 SLI chipset and of utilities developed by MSI.

We already discussed NVIDIA’s part of the software bundle (nTune, nvMixer, nvRAID, and Network Access Manager). However, I have to stress that nTune works almost without any problems with the MSI K8N Diamond mainboard, unlike other mainboards, but this utility is a beta version so far and some of its promised functions are yet unavailable.

MSI supplies quite a number of its own utilities, among which:

  • CoreCenter.

    This is a program for hardware monitoring and controlling the CoreCell technology. Besides monitoring the voltages, temperatures and fan speeds, the utility can overclock the clock-generator frequency by 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11% of the default and can adjust the voltages of the CPU and memory.

  • Live Update3 helps to update the BIOS and download drivers and software right from the Internet. The functionality of this utility is extended with the additional Live Monitor tool which keeps track of updates as they appear on the MSI website.
  • DigiCell utility.

    This scary-looking program is a kind of control center for the entire MSI K8N Diamond mainboard. First of all, it united together those Live Update3 and CoreCenter utilities that I have already mentioned as well as the software for the audio card within a joint interface. Besides that, DigiCell has its own tools for monitoring network connections.

    It also allows selecting the NIC settings.

    And it has an integrated Power On Agent utility that can start up and shut down the computer according to a schedule.

  • A pack of programs for storing passwords, encrypting files and setting OS-entry passwords.
 
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