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NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra Shootout : MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum
By Zachary Chan
Category : Mainboard
Published by Vijay Anand on Saturday, 28th May, 2005


MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (Introduction)

MSI carries a full range of nForce4 chipset based motherboards, from the entry level nForce4 to the top of the line nForce4 SLIs targeting all market segments. For the purpose of this shootout, we were been able to acquire their top-end product for the nForce4 Ultra chipset, their K8N Neo4 Platinum. Belonging to MSI's upper class product range, the K8N Neo4 Platinum was one of the boards in this shootout that had a better and more complete feature set.

The MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum motherboard.

Packaging contents include the following items:-

  • 4 x SATA data cables
  • 2 x SATA power converter cable (dual plugs)
  • 1 x rounded 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
  • 1 x rounded floppy drive data cable
  • USB 2.0 bracket (2 ports) with D-Bracket 2
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CDs
  • SATA driver diskette
  • Quick user's guide
  • MSI test report

    MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum Technical Specifications
    CPU Support
    • Supports AMD socket 939 Athlon 64 CPU
    • Supports AMD socket 939 Athlon 64 FX CPU
    • Supports AMD Cool 'n' Quiet Technology
    Chipset
    • NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra MCP
      • Bi-directional 1GHz (2000MT/s) HyperTransport interface to processor
      • 20 lanes fixed PCI Express configuration
      • 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 Ultra 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
    • Silicon Image Sil3114 SATALink controller
      • 4 x SATA (Serial ATA 1.5Gbps interface)
      • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1
    Audio
    • Realtek ALC850 8-channel audio CODEC
    • Optical and Coaxial S/PDIF Out
    Networking
    • Dual Gigabit LAN ports
      • NVIDIA Gigabit LAN co-supported by Marvell Alaska 88E1111 PHY chip (Transceiver)
      • Marvell Yukon 88E8053 PCI Express Gigabit LAN
    IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
    • VIA Fire IIM VT6307 Host Controller
    • 2 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
    I/O Interface
    • 1 x Floppy connector
    • 2 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
    • 4 x SATA II connectors
    • 4 x SATA connectors
    • 10 x USB 2.0 ports (4 x rear, 2 x bracket, 4 x header)
    • 2 x IEEE 1394a ports (1 x rear, 2 x header)
    • 2 x RJ45 LAN port
    • 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
    • 1 x PCIe x16 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
    • 1 x PCIe x1 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
    • 1 x PCIe x4 slot (PCI Express x2 device support only)
    • 3 x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
    Special Features
    • D.O.T. (Dynamic Overclocking Technology)
    • CoreCell
    • Live Update 3
    • DigiCell
    • CoreCenter
    PCB
    • ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.4cm)
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