MSI X38 Diamond (Intel X38)



The MSI P35 Diamond, as you would recall from our review , was an excellent motherboard because of its performance and great feature bundle. As a follow up, MSI created the X38 Diamond, spinning the same winning formula, but with an updated chipset (Intel X38) and some tweaks. We happened to chance upon a very early sample of the MSI X38 Diamond a couple of months ago, which we've previewed here , so our readers should already have a good idea what this board is about. However, with retail boards slowly trickling into the channel, we've finally had the chance to put the X38 Diamond through its paces and see if it can live up to expectations.

Retail version of the MSI X38 Diamond motherboard.

Packed rear I/O panel. From left to right: PS/2 keyboard and mouse, 4-port USB 2.0 cluster, FireWire, optical S/PDIF, 2x eSATA, CMOS reset button, 2x RJ-45, 4x USB 2.0 and surround analog audio jacks.

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