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MSI 945P Neo Platinum (Intel 945P Express)
By Zachary Chan
Category : Mainboard
Published by Vijay Anand on Tuesday, 28th June, 2005
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  


Introduction

If one takes a look at the basic features of MSI's latest 945P Neo Platinum motherboard, you probably wouldn't find anything too spectacular. FireWire, Gigabit LAN, RAID and even HD Audio are all standard fare in most Intel based motherboards today. The Intel 945P Express chipset onboard is also only the mainstream version of the already available high-end 955X Express chipset. However, things aren't only skin deep and as we dug deeper into the board, we discovered that the 945P Neo Platinum wasn't as plain Jane as it initially seemed. Join us as we find out more about the MSI 945P Neo Platinum.

The MSI 945P Neo Platinum motherboard.

The 945P Neo Platinum came with the following package bundle:-
  • 4 x SATA data cables
  • 2 x SATA power converter cables (dual plugs)
  • 1 x rounded 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
  • 1 x rounded floppy drive data cable
  • IEEE 1394a (2 ports) bracket
  • USB 2.0 (2 ports) and MSI D-Bracket 2
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CD
  • Quick user's guide

    MSI 945P Neo Platinum Technical Specifications.
    CPU Support
    • Supports 90nm LGA775 processor package
    • Supports Intel Pentium D / Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 
    • Supports Intel Pentium 4 / Pentium 4 Extreme Edition
    • Intel Hyper-Threading Technology ready
    Chipset
    • Northbridge: Intel 945P Express
      • 533 / 800 / 1066MHz front side bus
      • PCI Express x16 graphics
    • Southbridge: Intel ICH7R
      • Intel High Definition Audio
      • Supports six PCI Express x1 lanes
      • Supports up to eight USB 2.0 ports
      • Supports four SATA II ports (with RAID 0 and 1 capabilities)
      • Single-channel Ultra ATA-100 IDE port
    Memory
    • Supports four unbuffered DIMMs of 1.8 Volt DDR2 SDRAM
    • Supports DDR2-677/533/400 dual channel memory architecture
    Storage
    • Intel ICH7R Southbridge
      • 1 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100 (data transfer rate up to 100MB/sec.)
      • 4 x SATA II (Serial ATA II 3.0Gbps interface)
      • Intel Matrix Storage Technology
      • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5
    • VIA VT6410 IDE RAID controller
      • 2 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
      • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1
    Audio
    • Intel High Definition Audio (Azalia)
    • Realtek ALC882DTS HD Audio CODEC
    • DTS Connect certified
    Networking
    • Intel PC82573V PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller
    IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
    • VIA FireIIM VT6307 FireWire controller
    • 2 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
    I/O Interface
    • 1 x Floppy connector
    • 3 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
    • 4 x SATA connectors
    • 8 x USB 2.0 ports (4 x rear, 2 x bracket, 2 x header)
    • 2 x IEEE 1394a ports (2 x breacket)
    • 1 x RJ45 LAN port
    • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
    • 1 x Optical S/PDIF Output 
    • 8-Channel Audio I/O ports
    • 1 x 9-pin serial port
    • 1 x parallel port
    • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
    • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
    Expansion Slots
    • 1 x PCIe x16 slot, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
    • 2 x PCIe x1 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
    • 3 x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
    Special Features
    • MSI CoreCell
    • MSI D.O.T.3 Express
    • MSI Live Update 3
    PCB
    • ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.4cm)


    Rear I/O panel of the MSI 945P Neo Platinum.
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