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Intel 915P Shootout : MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum
By Zachary Chan
Category : Mainboard
Published by Vijay Anand on Sunday, 27th February, 2005


Introduction

The last board in our shootout is MSI's flagship Grantsdale motherboard, the MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum. If you found the previous 915P Combo wanting, MSI intends to sweeten the deal with the 915P Neo2 Platinum. By providing a better package as a whole, the board may just be the slice of cake that suits your taste.

Since MSI has updated the motherboard to revision 1.0B, we will be using this version for our shootout. Don't put too much thought to it however, since the only real major difference between revision 1.0A and 1.0B is the latter having official support for the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition (based on the "Prescott" core). Let's take a look at the specifications before going into the highlights.

MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum motherboard.

The motherboard packaging comes with the following items.:-

  • 2 x SATA data cables
  • 1 x SATA power converter cable (dual plugs)
  • 1 x rounded 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
  • 1 x rounded floppy drive data cable
  • IEEE 1394 (2 ports) bracket
  • D-Bracket 2
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CD
  • RAID driver diskette
  • Motherboard user's manual
  • Multilingual manual

    MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum Technical Specifications
    Cpu Support
    • Support for an Intel® Pentium® 4 Extreme Edition processor in an LGA775 socket with a 800MHz system bus
    • Support for an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor in an LGA775 socket with a 533/800MHz system bus
    • Support for an Intel® Celeron® D processor in an LGA775 socket with a 533MHz system bus
    • Intel® Hyper-Threading™ enabled
    Chipset
    • North Bridge: Intel 915P Express
      • 533 / 800MHz front side bus
      • PCI Express x16 graphics
      • Digital Media Interface (DMI) with 2GB/s bandwidth
    • South Bridge: Intel ICH6R
      • 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
    Memory
    • Dual channel memory architecture
    • 4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. 4GB DDR2 533/400 non-ECC memory
    Storage
    • 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, RAID 1, RAID 0+1
    Audio
    • Intel High Definition Audio (Azalia)
    • C-Media CMI9880L 8-channel audio CODEC
    • Supports Multi-Streaming function
    • Supports Universal Audio Jack (only Front Audio Jack)
    • Coaxial and optical S/PDIF out on back I/O port
    Networking
    • Marvell 88E8053 PCI Express Gigabit LAN
    IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
    • VIA Fire II VT6306 1394 Host Controller
    • 3 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
    I/O Interface
    • 1 x Floppy connector
    • 3 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
    • 4 x SATA connectors
    • 4 x USB 2.0 ports (4x rear, 2x bracket, 2x header)
    • 3 x 1394a ports (2x bracket, 1x header)
    • 1 x RJ45 LAN ports
    • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
    • 1 x Optical S/PDIF Output
    • 1 x FP-Audio header
    • 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
    • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot
    • 2 x PCI Express x1 slots
    • 3 x PCI slots
    Special Features
    • MSI CoreCell
      • Speedster
      • PowerPro
      • LifePro
      • BuzzFree
    • DigiCell
    • Live Update 3
    • CoreCenter
    • VPower
    • Cell Menu
    • SafeBIOS
    • D.O.T (Dynamic Overclocking Technology)
    • ActiveMOS
    Others
    • Compatible with 20-pin ATX Power Connector (but 24-pin Power Connector recommended)
    PCB
    • ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.4cm)
    BIOS
    • AMIBIOS Flash ROM


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