MSI P45 Platinum Reviewccokeman - June 29, 2008
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Included with all motherboards is a bundle of accessories. The number of items included varies by manufacturer and the level at which the board falls in the series. Economy models usually have the manual, driver disk, I/O panel, IDE , floppy and maybe a SATA cable to round out the bundle. The top of the line models contain the basics and much, much more. The MSI P45 Platinum falls in between these two extremes.
The I/O shield is color coded for ease of making the connections to the I/O panel. Since the P45 Platinum supports Crossfire X, MSI includes a Crossfire bridge connector for use with Crossfire compatible ATI video cards.
MSI has included a 1394 Firewire / USB 2.0 expansion slot bracket. This connects to the onboard headers and improves on the six USB and single 1394 port on the I/O panel. Included drive connectivity is accomplished with the supplied four SATA cables, one IDE cable, and floppy cable.
One of the coolest things that MSI includes is a set of “M” connectors. If you have ever tried putting the single pin front panel USB connectors into the motherboard you will appreciate these connectors. All you have to do is to put the wires into these connectors, then push them onto the headers instead of the single wire shuffle.