MSI P7N SLI Platinum (NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI)


Mainstreaming SLI

When we last reviewed the ASUS P5N-T Deluxe, we took a look at NVIDIA's newest high-end nForce 780i SLI chipset. In this review, we'll continue covering the nForce 7-series, but our focus this time is the mainstream nForce 750i SLI instead. The following block diagram shows the chipset connectivity and features of the nForce 750i SLI.

NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI chipset block diagram. Source: NVIDIA

Like its bigger brother, the nForce 750i SLI is really a refresh for the nForce 650i SLI chipset with PCI Express 2.0 compatibility. Like the nForce 780i SLI, the nForce 750i SLI also uses the same nForce 200 chip to provide PCI Express 2.0 features. However, NVIDIA has crippled the chip to only provide 24 PCIe 2.0 lanes in x16/x8 SLI configuration, instead of the full 32-lanes capable of the chip. All other features of the nForce 750i SLI remain similar as the nForce 650i SLI, including the use of the aging (legacy) nForce 430 MCP. NVIDIA's new ESA architecture is also not supported here.

The MSI P7N SLI Platinum motherboard.

Still, MSI has managed to whip up and interesting product for the mainstream segment using the nForce 750i SLI that will be of interest to those looking a PCIe 2.0 SLI fix without blowing too much money away.

The following lists the peripheral bundle that comes with the MSI P7N SLI Platinum and its technical specifications:-

  • 4 x SATA data cables
  • 2 x SATA power converter cables
  • 1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
  • 1 x floppy drive data cable
  • Connector bracket (2 x USB 2.0, 1 x FireWire)
  • SLI bridge
  • MSI M-Connector kit
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CDs
  • User's guide

Connectivity options on the rear I/O panel include PS/2 keyboard and mouse, FireWire-400, Optical S/PDIF, two eSATA, four USB 2.0, one Gigabit LAN and analog surround audio ports. There is a CMOS reset button in there too betwen the eSATA and USB ports.

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