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MSI P45 Platinum

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Expert Review

Tweak Town
18 December 2008

MSI P45 Platinum Review & Overclocking

6 December 2008

MSI P45 Platinum

Legion Hardware
15 October 2008
  • Summary: Well, if the $170 US price tag associated with this high-end Intel P45 motherboard fails to grab your attention, the board design certainly won’t! You have to hand it to MSI, they have gone outside the box with this design. While ASUS and Gigabyte are battling each other to deliver the biggest and most outrageous cooling designs, MSI stuck with a relatively slim design that is every bit as exciting.
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MSI P45 Platinum and Diamond Motherboards

9 October 2008
  • Conclusion: Still, the performance was good overall, not necessarily better than the Platinum or boards using comparative chipsets, but definitely on the same level.  Overclocking was a bit more of a project, hampered by finicky BIOS issues and "dead zones" where the boards simply wouldn't post, and the end result was just shy of what we attained on the Platinum.
  • Pros: Copper heatpipes culminating in a work of art for a cooler, Uses inexpensive DDR2, Good overclocker, Comes with waterblock pre-installed, Creative X-Fi Audio onboard, GreenPower Genie and ControlCenter provide better power efficiency
  • Cons: Hardware-OC jumpers (in 2008?), CrossFire kicks back to x8 for each card, Some minor layout issues, Higher-priced than many other motherboards, Still might need external water-cooling kit, Isolated heatsinks
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Overall 9

MSI P45 Platinum

maximum pc
8 August 2008
  • Summary: The P45 Platinum runs in a dead heat with MSI’s P35 DDR2/DDR3 combo board (reviewed August 2008), with the two boards swapping wins in our benchmark tests. If we had to choose between the two, though, we’d take the P45 in a heartbeat. It offers far more memory-tweaking options, higher RAM capacity, and unofficial 2GHz front-side bus support.
  • Pros: MSI upadate utility makes driver and BIOS updates a snap.
  • Cons: Temperature gauge is loud and annoying.
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Overall 10

MSI P45 Platinum Motherboard

19 June 2008
  • Summary: I'm extremely happy with the overall performance of the MSI P45 Platinum. Although it might not be the fastest P45 motherboard out there ... it certainly was far behind the likes of Asus. In all our tests, the MSI P45 Platinum produced respectable scores and results. MSI have done a good job with the P45 Platinum. They successfully blended their innovative features with good performance and very good overclocking ability.
  • Pros: - Good overclocking ability, - Supports DDR2 ram, - Good performance, - DrMOS and Circu-pipe2
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Overall 8

MSI P45 Platinum

15 February 2011
  • Conclusion: The MSI P45 Platinum is a nice piece of kit. It’s not perfect by a long stretch, but it covers all the bases fairly well. It’s got a whole host of connectors, an efficient, and funky looking cooling system, onboard power switches, decent overclocking ability and a reasonable bundle of bits. On the downside, it’s overclocking is limited to a point; though it goes far enough for most mid-range enthusiasts.
  • Pros: Looks good, Good OC ability, Good value for money, Onboard power switches
  • Cons: Overclocking ability limited to a point, No bundled X-Fi chip/card
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Overall 8

MSI P45 Platinum

Trusted Reviews
5 February 2011
  • Summary: We take our first look at Intel's new P45 chipset. Can it improve upon the P35 chipset it replaces?
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Expert Review

11 January 2009
  • Excerpt: Noctua gained its fame in coolers world by working very hard to adapt their products to their customers’ needs. In the era of APU computers (Kaveri, for example), or rather, processors with low consum... GeForce GTX 780 Ti brought the users ideally balanced video card which also represents an excellent answer to the competitor’s model. We’ve got a full-blooded GK110 chip which even Titan didn’t have a... AMD clearly made a long-term investment with APU as a concept.
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Overall 8

MSI P45 Platinum

21 December 2010
  • Conclusion: Intel P45 to układy na tyle elastyczne, że pozwalają na budowę płyt o bardzo różnych cenach. MSI P45 Platinum należy do tych droższych konstrukcji, ale w tym przypadku cena znajduje uzasadnienie. Najbardziej charakterystycznym jej elementem jest układ chłodzenia – Circu-Pipe 2. Integruje on chłodzenie sekcji zasilana procesora oraz chipsetu, dzięki dużej powierzchni radiatorów pozwalając na utrzymywanie niskiej temperatury wszystkich układów.
  • Pros: Dobre wykonanie, Udany system chłodzenia, Wysoka wydajność
  • Cons: Osłona tylnego panelu zasłaniająca żebra radiatora
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