Summary: If Asus and every other vendor can perform disk-based BIOS updates without the need to use a RAM disk, why can’t MSI? So where does the MSI fall? The SATA ports could be placed better, but even that’s not a fatal flaw, as there are plenty of x16 physical PCI-E slots. What we do like is the SAS support, one extra PCI-E slot, better web support, and a pretty damned good street price of $150.
Pros: SAS support and super-low pricing.
Cons: Poor SATA port placement; fallback DOS update method is horrible.
Summary: Believe it or not, I have to say there are a lot of positives and strong points about the MSI K9A2 Platinum. It's a very solid motherboard that offers a lot of features that will attract both AMD fans and moderate gamers alike. It may not be the choice of the enthusiast, but it certainly has a lot to offer. Take for example, the ability to support Crossfire X configuration via the 4 PCIe slots, as well as being able to use widely available DDR2 ram.
Pros: - Supports AMD Phenom quad core processors, - Supports DDR2 ram, - Possible 4-way Crossfire X Confguration, - Spider Platform is very affordable
Cons: - Some performance issues with current Phenom CPUs
Excerpt: In mid-Q4 2007, AMD released their 790FX, 790X and 770 chipsets, the final pieces required to complete their Spider platform. As the backbone of the new platform, the 700 series chipsets were designed with new feature sets to take full advantage of the Phenom processor's capabilities.
Pros: Good Feature set, Solid Overclocking, Complete BIOS, Competitive Performance, Four Graphics Slots, Good Retail Bundle
Cons: Chipset Heatpipe May Hit Graphics Card, BIOS Requires Hard Reset with failed Overclock
Excerpt: As soon as some time passes without ASUS giving their competition a “homework”, we can safely expect an avalanche of exclusive products. This time it's the new motherboard which will make most of over... The best motherboard doesn’t necessarily have to be the one that has the most of everything, simply because some of us don’t use a great number of capabilities that a device has. True, we would all pr...
Summary: Si lo que buscamos es armar un sistema de ultima generación basado en el nuevo chipset 790FX de AMD, para de esta forma disponer de hasta 4 placas de video ATI en modo CrossFireX, el MSI K9A2 Platinum es lo que necesitamos, ya que dispone de una estética realmente envidiable, una calidad de construcción soberbia, un sistema de cooling altamente eficiente como lo es el Circu-Pipe patentado por MSI, y como olvidarnos de pequeños detalles como el bundle que incorpora este...