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MSI K9N SLI Platinum
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MSI K9N SLI Platinum


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MSI's K9N Platinum is one of the first mid-range Socket AM2 motherboards to hit retail from a major motherboard manufacturer. The K9N Platinum has all the power of the nForce 570 Ultra without any of the initial kinks of a new chipset implementation.

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Product Specification

Processor Support and Chipset Type
  • Processor Support:
    • Supports AMD Socket AM2 CPUs
    • Supports AMD Cool 'n' Quiet Technology
  • Chipset Type:
    • NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP
      • Bi-directional 1GHz (2000MT/s) HyperTransport interface to processor
      • Supports Scalable Link Interface Technology (SLI) for dual PCIe x8 interfaces
      • Supports up to ten USB 2.0 ports
      • Supports four SATA 3.0Gbps ports
      • Single-channel Ultra ATA-133 IDE port
      • 2 x IEEE 802.3 NVIDIA MAC for 1000BASE-T
Memory
  • Dual channel memory architecture integrated into processor
  • Four 240-pin DDR2 DIMM sockets
  • Supports 1.8v DDR2 SDRAM DIMM modules
  • Supports up to 8GB using DDR2 533/667/800
Storage
  • NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP
    • 2 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
    • 6 x SATA 3.0Gbps interface
    • NVIDIA MediaShield Technology
    • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5
Audio
  • Realtek ALC883 8-channel HD Audio CODEC
  • Coaxial S/PDIF Output
Networking 2 x NVIDIA Gigabit LAN co-supported by Vitesse SimpliPHY VSC8601XKN PHY chip (Transceiver)
FireWire (IEEE 1394)
  • VIA Fire IIM VT6307 Host Controller
  • 2 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
Rear I/O
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x IEEE 1394a ports
  • 2 x RJ45 LAN port
  • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
  • 8-Channel Audio I/O ports
  • 1 x parallel port (SPP/EPP/ECP)
  • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
  • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
Internal Connectors
  • 1 x Floppy connector
  • 1 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
  • 6 x SATA connectors
  • 6 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x IEEE 1394a ports (bracket)
  • 1 x CD-IN
  • 1 x 9-pin serial port
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
  • 3 x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
Other Features
  • D.O.T. Express (Dynamic Overclocking Technology)
  • Dual CoreCell
Form Factor ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.4cm)

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