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MSI 925X Neo Platinum (Intel 925X Express)
By Zachary Chan
Category : Mainboard
Published by Vijay Anand on Tuesday, 11th January, 2005
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  

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As Intel's LGA775 (Socket T) begins to become mainstream, the availability and range of motherboards based on Alderwood and Grantsdale chipsets have started to mushroom. We have recently reviewed two boards based on the high-end 925X Express chipset (Alderwood) and we are pleased to bring you another. This time around, we have our hands on MSI's Alderwood offering, the 925X Neo Platinum.

Intel's new Land Grid Array (LGA775) pin configuration.

MSI has stayed as one of the top tier motherboard and graphics card manufacturers in the world for quite some time now. While quality of build might have been a concern 5 years ago, MSI has steadily increased the quality standards and robustness of their products since. This is clearly notable in the lineup that MSI has recently released, from their flagship products to other fringe market areas like notebooks and SFF PCs. Let's see if MSI can continue their upward swing as we go through the 925X Neo Platinum.

The MSI 925X Neo Platinum motherboard.

The packaging of the MSI 925X Neo Platinum are as follows:-

  • 2 x SATA data cable
  • 1 x Ultra ATA rounded data cable
  • 1 x Floppy drive rounded data cable
  • IEEE 1394 bracket (2 ports)
  • USB 2.0 bracket (2 ports) with D-Bracket 2
  • SATA converter power cable
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CD
  • Motherboard user's manual

    MSI 925X Neo Platinum Technical Specifications
    Cpu Support
    • Designed for IntelĀ® 90nm Prescott LGA775 processors with 800 MHz FSB
    • Support Intel 04B and 04A processors
    • Intel Hyper-Threading Technology ready
    • North bridge: Intel 925X Express
      • 533 / 800MHz front side bus
      • PCI Express x16 graphics
      • Digital Media Interface (DMI) with 2GB/s bandwidth
    • South bridge: Intel ICH6-R
      • Intel High Definition Audio
      • Supports up to eight USB 2.0 ports
      • Supports four PCI Express x1 lanes
      • Supports four SATA ports (with RAID 0 and 1 capabilities)
      • Single-channel Ultra ATA-100 IDE port
      • Digital Media Interface (DMI) with 2GB/s bandwidth
    • Supports four unbuffered DIMM of 1.8 Volt DDR2 SDRAM
    • Supports Dual channel DDR2 memory architecture
    • 4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. 4GB DDR2 533/400 non-ECC memory
    • Intel ICH6R South Bridge
      • 1 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100 (data transfer rate up to 100MB/sec.)
      • 4 x SATA (Serial ATA 1.5Gbps interface)
      • Intel Matrix Storage Technology
      • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1
    • VIA VT6410 IDE RAID Controller
      • 2 x Ultra ATA 66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
      • Supports RAID 0, 1 and 0+1
    • Intel High Definition Audio (Azalia)
    • CMI9880L 8-channel audio CODEC*
    • Supports Multi-Streaming function
    • Supports Universal Audio Jack (only Front Audio Jack)
    • Broadcom BCM5751 PCI-E Gb LAN controller
    • Intel 82562EZ 10/100 PHY LAN controller
    IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
    • VIA Fire VT6306 IEEE 1394 Link-Layer / PHY Chipset
    • 3 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
    Rear Panel I/O Ports
    • 1 x PS/2 mouse port
    • 1 x PS/2 keyboard port
    • 1 x DB-25 Parallel port
    • 1 x 9-pin Serial port
    • 1 x RJ45 Fast Ethernet LAN port
    • 1 x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet LAN port
    • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
    • 1 x IEEE 1394 port
    • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
    • 1 x Optical S/PDIF Output
    • 8-Channel analog audio connectors
    I/O Connectors
    • 1 x Floppy connecter
    • 3 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
    • 4 x SATA connectors
    • 2 x USB 2.0 connectors supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
    • 2 x IEEE1394 connectors
    • 1 x D-Bracket 2 connector
    • CPU / System / NorthBridge Fan connectors
    • Front panel High Definition Audio connector
    • CD audio-in connector
    Expansion Slots
    • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot (supports PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant)
    • 2 x PCI Express x1 slots (supports PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant)
    • 3 x 32-bit v2.3 Master PCI bus slots (support 3.3v/5v PCI bus interface)
    Special Features
    • MSI CoreCell
      • Speedster
      • PowerPro
      • LifePro
      • BuzzFree
    • DigiCell
    • Live Update 3
    • CoreCenter
    • Cell Menu
    • SafeBIOS
    • D.O.T (Dynamic Overclocking Technology)
    • ActiveMOS
    • ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.5cm)

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