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MSI K9N SLI Platinum review

MSI K9N Platinum (nForce 570 Ultra)

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Introduction

Introduction

Now that we've let the cat out of the bag in reference to NVIDIA's nForce 500 MCP family, we're able to delve deeper into the various boards that are now supporting the new chipset. However, instead of focusing entirely on the ultra high-end nForce 590 SLI, we'll be looking at the mainstream performance segment this time round. The board in question is MSI's K9N Platinum, which is based on the nForce 570 Ultra MCP. If you need a quick recap, the nForce 570 Ultra is a single GPU support solution featuring the advanced storage and networking features of the nForce 500 MCPs (you can read the full details of the nForce 500 here ).

The K9N Platinum is the little brother to the K9N SLI Platinum, which we've previewed recently. Both boards share the same design elements from PCB layout to components. However, because of the chipset differences, there are certain things you'd want to look out for. Before we go further though, let's have a look at the K9N Platinum's packaging contents and detailed specifications below:-

 

  • 4 x SATA data cables
  • 2 x SATA power converter cables
  • 1 x rounded 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
  • 1 x rounded floppy drive data cable
  • FireWire (2 ports) bracket
  • USB 2.0 (2 ports) and MSI D-Bracket 2
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CD
  • Quick user's guide