Preview - MSI P35 "Bearlake" Motherboards

P35 Platinum D3 - Features

P35 Platinum D3 - Features

The P35 Platinum D3 will sport a six slot design, with two PCI, two PCIe x1 and two PCIe x16. Like the Gigabyte P35-DQ6, the P35 chipset is not designed for dual-GPU and the two slots will operate in a fixed x16/x4 configuration regardless.

The usual suspects on the P35 Platinum D3 board include this Realtek ALC888 HD Audio CODEC. The board also features S/PDIF connection.

The MSI P35 Platinum D3 will feature one Gigabit LAN port controlled by the Realtek RTL8111B ASIC.

MSI's secondary storage controller of choice on the board is a Marvell 88SE6111. This chipset will provide the board with one SATA and one PATA port.

4+1 SATA 3.0Gbps ports with one Ultra ATA PATA connector available for internal storage functionality.

More USB 2.0 ports than you can shake your fist at. Is there a USB shortage that we do not know about in the industry? It seems that with every new chipset launched, the one feature that keeps increasing is the number of supported USB ports.

An unorthodox rear panel design from MSI for the P35 Platinum D3 board. MSI takes out the legacy COM and LPT ports to include a large USB 2.0 hub. The board will also include two eSATA ports (which probably explains why there are only four internal SATA connectors onboard).

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