As we increased timings to in DDR mode, we expected no performance records from this motherboard. BioShock Infinite and Metro: Core 2 still lives!! This design was actually started by ASUS a couple of years back but it seems to have caught on quite well. Video 3Digests Video cards: It actually looks pretty cool to my eyes and somewhat resembles an engine block. Intel P45 Motherboard Roundup:

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MSI P45 Platinum – motherboard – ATX – LGA Socket – P45 Overview – CNET

You can read about its features in the corresponding review. Latest News Latest Videos. You may learn more details about motherboard specs and read the list of processors and memory modules tested for compatibility on the official product page links at the end of the article.

By the way, this motherboard turned out quite temperamental about memory: A quarter century tour; a Space Marine’s job is never done. Besides, when a motherboard is switched on, these LEDs indicate operability of each expansion card installed as well as a number of active channels in all three voltage regulators.

Consumed Power, Energy Consumption: It had absolutely no problems detecting an optical drive at startup and in Windows, allowing to boot from a CD, etc. The board offers six USB 2.

Note plastic coating on the bottom of the heatsinks, where they don’t plaginum hot components. Home Reviews News Forums. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone.


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It may be just an electric insulator, but it may also serve as heat insulation platnum prevent the hot heatsinks from channeling the heat to the PCB and on-board components under them. Unfortunately, our bundle lacked this gadget, so its description will be published later.

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It looks imposing, it does not take up much room, it does not interfere with most CPU motherboarrd, and most importantly, it’s not very expensive: The power circuit of the board is expectedly on a high level. Core 2 still lives!! Besides, the motherboard offers the following extra functions:. Logitech’s intelligent solution to their smart home restores Harmony. At least the motherboard detected our test processors correctly, so we mssi no problems with not using these jumpers unlike MSI PD.

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MSI assures that it’s done by popular demand of novice overclockers, who don’t want to mess with complex settings. It actually looks pretty cool to my eyes and somewhat resembles an engine block.

Moreover, when the system is working at full steam, all these regulators can reduce the number of active channels to lower power consumption and consequently temperature in idle mode. The NB heatsink is mounted with normal metal screws instead of plastic latches on the back side of pltainum PCB.


We have nothing to say about the bundle of this motherboard, just your average bundle you can have a look at all components in the photo gallery. The motherboard supports CrossFireX, one PCI slot will certainly remain free even if you install two graphics cards with bulky cooling systems.

When we examined heatsinks on DrMOS chips, we were shocked by a thick layer of thermal interface under them. If you have dual-slot coolers on your GPUs, you will lose the slot directly under the PCIe x16 slot however, so keep that in mind as you build out your system. MSI may even break the record in heat pipe density: BioShock Infinite and Metro: In this case we even had to put a thick piece of padding under the heatsink to avoid its skewing.

Did I mention that the heatsink on this motherboard was big?

But we have no doubts that the motherboard would perform on a par with its competitors in identical modes.