Excerpt: Among the great mysteries of the universe—the Pyramids, Easter Island, the final season of Seinfeld—you can also include MSI’s RAM color coding. While the rest of the industry has settled on mounting two DIMMs in slots of the same color to enable dual-channel mode, MSI thumbs its nose at the convention. Instead, the company forces you to put your RAM in slots of alternating colors to enable dual-channel mode.
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