MSI 975X Platinum
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MSI 975X Platinum


Overall rating 8/10

MSI delivers a new motherboard with native CrossFire capabilities using the Intel 975X Express chipset. This board makes good on performance and stability in our tests and we think it will make a great mid-level gaming board if MSI can match it with a reasonable price.

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Product Specification

Processor Support and Chipset Type
  • Processor Support:
    • Supports 90nm LGA775 processor package
    • Supports Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition
    • Supports Intel Pentium D Smithfield processors
    • Supports Intel Pentium 4 / Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processors
    • Intel Hyper-Threading Technology ready
  • Chipset Type:
    • Northbridge: Intel 975X Express
      • 800 / 1066MHz front side bus
      • PCI Express x16 graphics
    • Southbridge: Intel ICH7R
      • Intel High Definition Audio
      • Supports six PCI Express x1 lanes
      • Supports up to eight USB 2.0 ports
      • Supports four SATA II ports (with RAID 0 and 1 capabilities)
      • Single-channel Ultra ATA-100 IDE port
Memory
  • Supports four unbuffered DIMM of 1.8 Volt DDR2 SDRAM
  • Supports DDR2-677/533 dual channel memory architecture
Storage
  • Intel ICH7R Southbridge
    • 1 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100 (data transfer rate up to 100MB/sec.)
    • 4 x SATA II (Serial ATA II 3.0Gbps interface)
    • Intel Matrix Storage Technology
    • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5
  • JMicron JMB361 PCIe storage controller
    • 1 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
    • 1 x SATA II (Serial ATA II 3.0Gbps interface)
Audio
  • Intel High Definition Audio (Azalia)
  • Realtek ALC883 HD Audio CODEC
  • Coaxial, Optical S/PDIF out
Networking Broadcom BCM5751 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller
FireWire (IEEE 1394)
  • VIA Networking VT6308P FireWire controller
  • 2 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
Rear I/O
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x IEEE 1394a ports
  • 1 x RJ45 LAN port
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF Output
  • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
  • 8-Channel Audio I/O ports
  • 1 x 9-pin serial port
  • 1 x parallel port (SPP/EPP/ECP)
Internal Connectors
  • 1 x Floppy connector
  • 2 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
  • 5 x SATA connectors
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports (2 x header, 2 x bracket)
  • 1 x IEEE 1394a ports (bracket)
  • 1 x CD-IN
Expansion Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x16 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
  • 2 x PCIe x1 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
  • 2 x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
Other Features
  • MSI CoreCell
  • MSI D.O.T. Express
  • MSI Live Update 3
Form Factor ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.4cm)