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MSI X58 Platinum Review

Zertz    -   March 1, 2009
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Specifications:

CPU
  • Supports Intel i7 based processors in LGA1366 package.
Chipset
  • Intel X58 Chipset
  • Supports QPI up to 6.4GT/s
  • Intel ICH10R Chipset
  • Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0) controller, 480Mb/sec, up to 12 ports.
  • 6 SATAII ports with transfer rate up to 3Gb/s.
  • PCI Master v2.3, I/O APIC.
  • ACPI 2.0 compliant.
  • Serial ATA RAID 0/1/5/10.
  • Integrated AHCI controller
Main Memory
  • Supports six unbuffered DIMM of 1.5 Volt DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600 SDRAM, 24GB Max
  • Supports 1Gb/ 2Gb/ 4Gb DRAM size
  • Supports x8 / x16 data lines per DIMM
  • Supports up to 3 channel mode
Slots
  • 2 PCI Express gen2 x16 slots
  • supports ATI Crossfire
  • 3 PCI Express gen2 x1 slots
  • 2 PCI slot, support 3.3V/ 5V PCI bus Interface
On-Board IDE/SATA
  • One Ultra DMA 66/100/133 IDE controller integrated in JMicron 363.
  • Supports PIO, Bus Master operation modes.
  • Can connect up to two Ultra ATA drives.
  • SATAII controller integrated in ICH10R/JMicron 322 / 362 chipest
  • Up to 3Gb/s transfer speed.
  • Supports six SATAII ports by ICH10R
  • Supports two SATAII ports by JMicron 322, support SATA RAID 0/1/JBOD.
  • Supports one eSATA ports by JMicron 362.
  • Supports AHCI controller with SATA RAID 0/1/5/10 by ICH10R.
Audio
  • Chipset integrated by Realtek ALC888
  • Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing
  • Compliant with Azalia 1.0 Spec
  • Meet Microsoft Vista Premium spce
LAN
  • Supports two PCI Express LAN 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Realtek 8111C.
IEEE1394 / FireWire
  • JMicron 381 chipset
  • Supports up to two 1394 ports. (Rear panel x1, pinheader x1)
  • Transfer rate is up to 400Mbps.
Internal I/O Connectors
  • ATX 24-Pin power connector
  • 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • CPU / System x 5 FAN connectors
  • CD-in connector
  • Front panel audio connector
  • Front panel connector
  • 1 x chasis intrusion connector
  • 1 x serial port pinheader
  • 2 x USB 2.0 connectors
  • 8 x Serial ATAII connectors
  • 1 x ATA133 connector
  • 1 x IEEE1394 connector support additional 1 port
  • 1 x GreenPower Genie connector
  • 1 x Reset Button
  • 1 x Power Button
  • 1 x SPDIF-out connector
  • 1 x D-LED2 connector
  • 1 x TPM module connector
Back Panel I/O Ports
  • 1 x Clear CMOS button
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard
  • 1 x PS/2 Mouse
  • 2 x eSATA ports
  • 1 x IEEE1394 port
  • 8 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 2 x RJ45 LAN jacks
  • 1 x 6 in 1 audio jack
  • 1 x Optical SPDIF-out
BIOS
  • The mainboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
  • The mainboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your mainboard specifications.
Dimension
  • 30.5cm(L) x 24.4cm(W) ATX Form Factor
Mounting
  • 9 mounting holes.

 

Features:

DrMOS

  • Excellent energy-saving capability and offers high-computing performance.
  • Provide superior energy-saving function and maintain an ultimate low temperature operation.
  • Comes with three incredible features.

Active Phase Switching

  • APS is Active Phase Switching is complete function to Control Power Demand With Switcing Dynamically, it’s for CPU, Memory and Chipset PWM.
  • Saving Power under Variable Loading.
  • Power Usage More Efficiency.

All Solid Capacitors

  • Longer lifespan than electrolytic capacitors
  • Endurable to operation under higher frequency & temperature
  • Avoid exploding capacitors to cause mainboards failure

All Shielded Chokes

  • A choke is an inductor responsible for storing power and regulates the current.
  • All shielded choke could reduce core power loss, lower EMI interference.
  • Store energy longer at higher frequency, achieving higher efficiency.

Easy OC switch

  • Help end-users upgrade CPU FSB directly
  • Buy an essential CPU but want to reach higher performance
  • Skip the complicated BIOS OC setting and enjoy the higher level CPU performance

MSI M-Connectors

  • Easy connect to front panel & chassis cable
  • 2x USB, IEEE 1394, front panel (JFP1/2)& audio(JAUD1) M-connector in the package
  • Easy to tell the definition of each pin

User Friendly

  • Functions designed with button to be easy use.
  • Help power-users tweaking process in-chasis enviornment
  • Onboard SATA ports are stacked on the mainboard to avoid mechanical issue with giant graphic cards like 8800 Ultra.

ATI CrossfireX:

  • Equip with 2 or more PCIe x16 slots, ATI CrossFire Ready.
  • The ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform.
  • Provides 2.7x faster performance than single graphic card solution.

Live Update Online:

  • The MSI Live Update online is designed to automatically download and update the BIOS and driver when there’s a new version online. It helps reduce the risk of getting the wrong file and minimize the trouble of searching the files from MSI website.

Live update 3 :

  • Live Update 3 is a single utility software that automatically checks BIOS, driver and utility updates and installs for you , which can save your time for searching and lower the risk while updating.

 

 

All information courtesy of MSI @ http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?func=proddesc&maincat_no=1&prod_no=1696




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