Excerpt: You can change CPU sockets, dump PCI, and jettison legacy ports all day long, but nothing, absolutely nothing, pisses people off like moving to a new type of RAM. Luckily, there’s a fallback: dual-format RAM motherboards such as MSI’s P35 Combo Platinum board. Based on Intel’s P35 chipset, the Combo Platinum will take up to four DDR2 modules or two DDR3 modules. But don’t think about running them simultaneously—it’s impossible.
Pros: Good performance for a pretty resonable price.
Cons: You can run DDR2 or DDR3, but is that really a big deal?
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.
Excerpt: Table of contents « Prev All Pages Next » MSI P35 Platinum Review 1 Features 2 Features cont. 3 Layout, part 1 4 Layout, part 2 5 Layout, part 3 6 Layout, part 4 7 Testbed 8 Chipset, BIOS, oc 9 Benchmarks 10 LameMT 11 Power 12 Conclusion
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.
There is no question about the stability and compatibilty of this motherboard. We used an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor, an Asus EN8800 GTS, OCZ DD2-1066 PC2-8500 ram and a Hiper TypeR MKII PSU.
Excerpt: MSI’s new motherboard doesn’t have a mere heat pipe to wick heat from the chipset and voltage-regulator modules. It has a full-on loop de loop heat ride through the amusement park known as the P35 Platinum. Why include the crazy Circu-Pipe? We don’t really know, but it sure does look cool. The board itself is based on Intel’s new P35 chipset (aka Bearlake), so it will work with the next generation of Intel processors.
Pros: Guaranteed to work with next-gen Intel CPUs.
Cons: Some SATA connectors blocked by double-wide GPUs.
Experience the Roller Coaster: MSI P35 Platinum Mainboard Review
6 July 2007
Summary: MSI P35 Platinum mainboard is one of the most beautiful solutions on Intel P35 Express chipset. The designer team did a great job, for sure. But did the engineers do a great job as well? We decided to take a real close look at the features and peculiarities of MSI flagship solution in our new review.
Summary: P35 Platinum is one of the fastest socket LGA775 motherboards available today, providing full support for the forthcoming Core 2 Duo CPUs with 1,333 MHz external bus.
It comes with several extra features, like two eSATA ports (allowing you to connect external hard drives at their full speed), two FireWire ports, 12 USB 2.0 ports, decent on-board audio quality, two x16 PCI Express slots supporting CrossFire (even though one of them work at x4), an exotic passive cooling...
Excerpt: Core 2 is the ever evolving platform for Intel. While the Pentium name does still sit on the shop shelves, Pentium 4 processors are avoided like a Paris Hilton TV special - we have seen all their goodies, and they do not impress us. Core 2 has made Intel popular again, gone are the days of Athlon dominance, now AMD has to work on something new, which they have not been doing as of late, falling behind in just about everything they do.