Summary: Along with the Intel P35 Express Northbridge is a revised Southbridge chipset called the Intel ICH9. Between the previous Intel ICH8 Southbridge and the new Intel ICH9 are some slight upgrades and extra ports.
DDR2 or DDR3: MSI P35 Platinum Combo Mainboard Review
29 February 2008
Summary: Today we are going to introduce to you a very interesting combo solution from MSI that is based on Intel P35 Express chipset and can work with DDR3 or DDR2 SDRAM. Find out what the pros and cons of this approach are from our detailed review.
Summary: The overall performance of the MSI Platinum was quite a surprise. It competes very well against some of its competition and produced very good scores all round. This is good news for any MSI fans out there who wishes to buy an Intel P35 based motherboard that uses DDR2 ram.
Summary: Just around this time three years ago, Intel launched their 925X and 915 motherboard platforms, bringing to market a new microprocessor socket, support for DDR2 memory, and support for PCI Express.
Summary: If you can ignore the anomalies we came across in our testing, the MSI P35 Platinum is a fair performer, but not the top of the class. It has some interesting design features and managed to overclock by a reasonable percentage with good stability.
Pros: Unique cooling system, Two eSATA ports with onboard power
Cons: Dual and Single channel RAM performance anomalies
Conclusion: We have to admit that MSI has been churning out cookie-cutter motherboards with stagnated designs and components for a while now. The P35 Platinum seems to be a revival of some creativity and innovation in MSI's motherboard department and we like what we see thus far.