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MSI P6N SLI Platinum
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MSI P6N SLI Platinum


Overall rating 9/10

MSI's new P6N SLI Platinum is a mid-range performance gaming motherboard based on the NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI chipset.

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Product Specification

Processor Support and Chipset Type
  • Supports 90nm/65nm LGA775 processor package
  • Supports Intel Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Duo / Core 2 Extreme
  • Supports Intel Pentium D / Pentium Processor Extreme Edition
  • Supports Intel Pentium 4 / Pentium 4 Extreme Edition
  • NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI SPP
  • 400 - 1066MHz front side bus (1333MHz capable)
  • NVIDIA DualDDR2 Memory Controller
  • 18 PCI Express lanes
  • One link at x16 for graphics card (SLI capable at dual x8)
  • Two PCIe x1 lanes
  • NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI MCP
  • Supports up to eight USB 2.0 ports
  • Supports four SATA 3.0Gbps ports
  • Dual-channel Ultra ATA-133 IDE controller
  • Supports up to five PCI slots
Memory
  • NVIDIA DualDDR2 architecture
  • 4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. 8GB DDR2-400 to DDR2-1400 non-ECC memory
  • Slot independant dual-channel mode
  • NVIDIA QuickSync
  • Fourth Generation DASP
Storage
  • NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI MCP
  • 4 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
  • 4 x SATA 3.0Gbps interface
  • NVIDIA MediaShield Technology
  • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5, JBOD
  • Supports eSATA
  • Silicon Image SiI3531
  • 1 x SATA 3.0Gbps interface
  • Supports eSATA
Audio
  • Intel High Definition Audio (Azalia)
  • Realtek ALC888 HD Audio CODEC
  • Optical and Coaxial S/PDIF
Networking NVIDIA Gigabit LAN co-supported by Realtek RTL8211B PHY chip (Transceiver)
FireWire (IEEE 1394)
  • VIA VT6308P FireWire controller
  • 2 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
Rear I/O
  • 1 x Floppy connector
  • 2 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
  • 4 x SATA connectors
  • 1 x eSATA connector
  • 8 x USB 2.0 ports (4 x rear, 4 x bracket)
  • 2 x FireWire-400 ports (1 x rear, 1 x bracket)
  • 1 x RJ45 LAN port
  • Optical S/PDIF port
  • Coaxial S/PDIF port
  • 8-Channel Audio I/O ports
  • 1 x 9-pin serial port (header)
  • 1 x Parallel port
  • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
  • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
Expansion Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x16 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
  • 1 x PCIe x1 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
  • 3 x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
Other Features
  • MSI Dual CoreCell
  • Full solid capacitors
Form Factor ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.4cm)