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.
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
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.
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
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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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