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MSI P4N Diamond (nForce4 SLI Intel Edition)
By Zachary Chan
Category : Mainboard
Published by Vijay Anand on Wednesday, 4th May, 2005
Rating : 5 out of 5 stars   (Most Overclockable Product Award)


Introduction

With both NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI Intel Edition and Intel's own 955X Express vying for the high-end Pentium Extreme Edition market, MSI it seems, has taken a stand. Although they have released motherboard models based on both platforms, the nForce4 SLI Intel Edition based P4N Diamond has been chosen as their flagship. It is currently the only board in the whole LGA775 product line to bear the Diamond label and only the second board to be included in the ultra high end Diamond family. The first (K8N Diamond) is also based off NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI chipset, but for the Socket 939 Athlon 64 CPUs. With that said, you can be sure MSI will be pulling out all the stops to make the P4N Diamond the ultimate board for the Intel platform.

The MSI P4N Diamond motherboard based on NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI Intel Edition.

The board pimps quite an extensive package which includes the following:-
  • 4 x SATA data cables
  • 2 x SATA power converter cable (dual plugs)
  • 1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
  • 1 x floppy drive data cable
  • 1 x SLI high-speed digital link interface bridge
  • MSI Dual-Net card and antenna
  • IEEE 1394a (2 ports) bracket
  • External SATA (2 ports) bracket
  • MSI D-Bracket 2
  • I/O shield
  • SATA RAID driver diskette
  • Driver CD
  • Hardware installation guide

    MSI P4N Diamond Technical Specifications
    CPU Support
    • Supports 90nm LGA775 processor package
    • Supports Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 
    • Supports Intel Pentium D Smithfield processors
    • Supports Intel Pentium 4 / Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processors
    • Intel Hyper-Threading Technology ready
    Chipset
    • NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition SPP
      • 400 - 1066MHz front side bus
      • NVIDIA DualDDR2 Memory Controller
      • One x16 PCI Express link for graphics card. 
        • Supports Scalable Link Interface Technology (SLI) for dual PCIe x8 interfaces
      • Supports up to four PCI Express x1 lanes
    • NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition MCP
      • Supports up to ten USB 2.0 ports
      • Supports four SATA II ports
      • Dual-channel Ultra ATA-133 IDE controller
      • Supports up to six PCI slots
    Memory
    • NVIDIA DualDDR2 architecture
      • 4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. 4GB DDR2 400/533/667 non-ECC memory
      • Slot independant dual-channel mode
      • NVIDIA QuickSync
      • NVIDIA DASP 3.0
    Storage
    • NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition 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, RAID 5, JBOD
      • Supports RAID Morphing
    • Silicon Image Sil3132 SATA II RAID controller
      • 2 x SATA II (Serial ATA II 3.0Gbps interface)
      • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1
      • Supports external SATA devices through SATA Extender bracket
    Audio
    • Onboard Creative Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit controller
    • 24-bit / 48~96KHz audio quality
    • 100db SNR clarity
    • Up to 7.1 channel surround sound, Dolby Digital ready
    • Supports S/PDIF digital interface
    • Coaxial, Optical S/PDIF out on back I/O port
    Networking
    • Dual Gigabit LAN ports
      • NVIDIA Gigabit LAN co-supported by Marvell Alaska 88E1111 PHY chip (Transceiver)
      • Marvell Yukon 88E8053 PCI Express Gigabit LAN
    • MSI Dual  Net adapter card
      • IEEE 802.11g 54Mbps Wireless LAN with software AP capabilities
      • Bluetooth Class 2 V1.2 compliant
    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 II connectors
    • 10 x USB 2.0 ports (4 x rear, 2 x bracket, 2 x header)
    • 3 x IEEE 1394a ports (1 x rear, 2 x header)
    • 2 x RJ45 Gigabit LAN ports
    • 1 x Optical S/PDIF Output
    • 1 x Coaxial 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 x1 slot, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
    • 2 x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
    Special Features
    • D.O.T. Express (Dynamic Overclocking Technology)
    • CoreCell 2
    • Live Update 3
    • DigiCell
    • CoreCenter
    PCB
    • ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.4cm)
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