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MSI P35 Diamond review

MSI P35 Diamond (Intel P35)

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Introduction

Introduction

The past few months have certainly been some of the most interesting in the motherboard market (if like us, you happen to think motherboards are an interesting affair that is). Intel's 3-Series chipsets have brought out a creative streak in motherboard manufacturers and we've seen some pretty darn impressive boards of late. The formula is the same however, DDR2 based P35 boards show up as a first-to-market strategy to stay competitive, while the 'goodies' as we'd like to call them, come later.

Many see DDR3 is a start of a new era for the PC, and we get the feel that manufacturers want to break away from the mold somewhat and try offer enthusiasts the products that will genuinely set them apart from the rest. To this end, the top board manufacturers all have their own secret recipe of success. ASUS has gone with extreme integration as we've seen with the ASUS P5K Premium boards, Gigabyte has refreshed their second generation of Ultra Durable technologies across the line and MSI... well MSI has the P35 Diamond.

The MSI P35 Diamond is the latest of the special edition motherboards we've been seeing of late to reach our labs. This motherboard is the Intel chipset counterpart of the NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI based P6N Diamond (also reviewed here ). Both the boards compete for the same enthusiast segment, but the P35 Diamond has its own surprises in store.

Check out its feature specification and bundled accessories below before hitting the jump.

  • 6 x SATA data cables
  • 3 x SATA power converter cables (dual plug)
  • 1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
  • 1 x floppy drive data cable
  • FireWire Bracket (1 port)
  • MSI SkyTel VoIP card
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio card
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CDs
  • User's guide