Summary: That’s not a terrible price, but it’s certainly not something to be happy about either. In other performance areas, the MSI board delivered very good numbers but was aced by the much pricier Asus board. In the end, the P965 Platinum is a competent board that gets you CrossFire support on the cheap, but as Yoda would say, a Kick Ass that does not make.
Pros: CrossFire on the cheap and good online update tools for drivers and BIOS.
Excerpt: It's been a while coming but we managed to arrange another look at an Intel P965 based motherboard from MSI. Our first look at the P965 offering from MSI really left us with a sour taste in our mouth. While we were looking at high-end boards, MSI sent us their more budget orientated model, named the P965 Neo. While price was its saving grace it wasn't the most exciting motherboard we've ever reviewed.
Summary: MSI P965 Platinum is, in our opinion, the motherboard that provides the best cost/benefit ratio for the mainstream user building a Core 2 Duo-based system. In other words, this motherboard is targeted to users that want a high-end performance and features but don’t want to spend a lot of money on a high-end motherboard.
Excerpt: In our recently published article on motherboards suitable for the Core 2 Duo chips, we could only test MSI's entry level motherboard, the P965 Neo-F. This motherboard impressed us because of its stability and performance, bit did not offer many extra features or very good overclocking abilities. Because of these thing the board therefore will not be very popular with enthouiasts or overclockers, but MSI has introduced a new board based on the 965 chipset.
Conclusion: MSI has made it very clear on where their boards stand and you can almost see the line drawn between the mainstream P965 Neo and the performance-oriented P965 Platinum. All the features that were left out in the Neo for cost savings have been included in the Platinum. So if one of your criteria for motherboards include a full-featured package, then you'll want to be looking at the P965 Platinum instead.
Summary: После анализа результатов, полученных в ходе тестирования системных плат на НМС Intel P965 Express, мы посчитали необходимым отметить изделие компании MSI почетным упоминанием в разделе «Редакция советует».
Pros: Успешно выполнив предложенный сценарий тестов, плата продемонстрировала высокие скоростные характеристики