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MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16)
By Zachary Chan
Category : Mainboard
Published by Zachary Chan on Saturday, 17th December, 2005
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars   (Most Overclockable Product Award)


Technical Specifications

MSI K8N Diamond Plus Technical Specifications
CPU Support
  • Supports AMD socket 939 Athlon 64 CPU
  • Supports AMD socket 939 Athlon 64 FX CPU
  • Supports AMD socket 939 Athlon X2 CPU
  • Supports AMD Cool 'n' Quiet Technology
Chipset
  • NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 SPP
    • Bi-directional 1GHz (2000MT/s) HyperTransport interface to processor and MCP
    • 18 lanes flexible PCI Express configuration
  • NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 MCP
    • Bi-directional 1GHz (2000MT/s) HyperTransport interface to SPP
    • 20 lanes flexible PCI Express configuration
    • NVIDIA SLI Dual GPU architecture
    • Supports up to 6 PCI  v2.3 slots
    • Supports up to ten USB 2.0 ports
    • Dual controller SATA II architecture
    • Dual-channel Ultra ATA-133 IDE controller
    • IEEE 802.3 NVIDIA MAC for 1000BASE-T
Memory
  • Dual channel memory architecture integrated into processor
  • Four 184-pin DDR DIMM sockets
  • Supports 2.5v DDR SDRAM DIMM modules
  • Supports up to 4GB using PC1600 (DDR200), PC2100 (DDR266), PC2700 (DDR333) and PC3200 (DDR400) unbuffered DDR SDRAM DIMM
Storage
  • NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 MCP
    • 4 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
    • 4 x SATA II (Serial ATA II 3.0Gbps interface)
    • NVIDIA MediaShield Technology
    • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1
    • Supports RAID Morphing
    • Supports cross-controller RAID
Audio
  • Onboard Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE
  • 24-bit / 192KHz  sampling rate
  • 106dB SNR clarity
  • Up to 7.1 channel surround sound
  • Coaxial, Optical S/PDIF out on back I/O port
Networking
  • NVIDIA Gigabit LAN co-supported by Marvell Alaska 88E1115 PHY chip (Transceiver)
  • Marvell Yukon 88E8053 PCI Express Gigabit LAN
IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
  • VIA Fire II VT6306 Host Controller
  • 3 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
I/O Interface
  • 1 x Floppy connector
  • 2 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
  • 6 x SATA connectors
  • 10 x USB 2.0 ports (4 x rear, 2 x bracket, 4 x header)
  • 3 x IEEE 1394a ports (1 x rear, 2 x header)
  • 2 x RJ45 LAN ports
  • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output 
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF Output
  • 8-Channel Audio I/O ports
  • 1 x CD-IN
  • 1 x 9-pin serial port
  • 1 x parallel port (SPP/EPP/ECP)
  • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
  • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
Expansion Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x16 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
  • 1 x PCIe x2 slot, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
  • 2 x PCIe x1 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
  • 2 x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
Special Features
  • D.O.T. 3 (Dynamic Overclocking Technology)
  • CoreCell
  • Live Update 3
PCB
  • ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.4cm)


As you can immediately see, the K8N Diamond Plus has two LAN ports, FireWire, 8-channel audio and S/PDIF connectivity.

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