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Thread: The Tomorrow’s Star of Intel Platform- MSI P965 Platinum First Exposure




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    Default The Tomorrow’s Star of Intel Platform- MSI P965 Platinum First Exposure

    The last third part of July, 2006 will be another milestone of processors
    Intel gives up the Pentium 4 structure which they use for several years,
    then back to the low frequency/ high performance/ low temperature
    structure with is similar to AMD K8, and release several processors base on
    code name Conroe instead of Pentium series.



    Base on the new-gen processors
    The Supporting chipsets include the high-end 975X ( have to change the circuit design of motherboards)
    and the lower price,mainstream segment,which is called 965 chipset.




    The board what I get is MSI P965 Platinum
    The whole appearance of the board






    The right bottom of the board.
    The official spec of P965 for PCI Express is one X16
    But MSI add one yellow PCI Express x16 slot runs at X4 speed
    The Sound chip is Realtek ALC883, 7.1 channel







    The right bottom of the board.
    The south bridge is the latest ICH8R, supports 6 SATA2, with AHCI controller and RAID 1, 5, 10
    In addition, the JMicron JMB361 storage chip provide 1 IDE and 1 SATA2
    So we can connect up to 7 SATA drives








    The above part of the board
    The component around CPU socket looks good.
    The north bridge of P965 is equipped with a sheet of heat sink.
    Although the temperature of Intel chipset is not low, but it still lower than NVIDIA nF4/nF500 series,
    so I think it is enough to use the heat sink on 975/965 chipset.

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    Default Re: The Tomorrow’s Star of Intel Platform- MSI P965 Platinum First Exposure

    The I/O part
    It has 4 USB, one 10/100/1000 Mb/s LAN, one S/PDIF output, one IEEE1394,
    and 6 mini-jack analogue audio output.








    Testing Platform
    CPU:INTEL Core 2 Extreme X6800
    MB: MSI P965 Platinum
    DRAM:Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C3
    VGA:MSI RX1900XTX CrossFire
    HD:Seagate 7200.7 80GB
    POWER:AcBel 550W
    Cooler:Tower112









    Let us do some warm-up testing
    DDR2-1000 3-4-4-9 2.3V SP2004X2 working stably





    It looks an attractive Conroe board.
    The BIOS introduction and another performance test result, please wait for
    windwithme do the complete testing later…

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    Default Re: The Tomorrow’s Star of Intel Platform- MSI P965 Platinum First Exposure

    MSI P965 Platinum BIOS Introduction
    New boot-up screen
    (the boot-up time is too short to take a good pic)







    Main page of adjustment options










    The CPU external frequency adjustment from 200 to 500MHz








    The CPU over voltage adjustment
    The segment is 0.0125V
    Up to 0.7875V

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    Default Re: The Tomorrow’s Star of Intel Platform- MSI P965 Platinum First Exposure

    DRAM adjustment at DDR2-533/667/800/1066
    The default setting DDR2-1000 can not work at this moment.








    The voltage adjustment of DDR2 from 1.85V to 2.45V







    The detail adjustment page of DRAM








    Testing Platform
    CPU:INTEL Core 2 Extreme X6800
    MB: MSI P965 Platinum
    DRAM:Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C3
    VGA:MSI RX1900XTX
    HD:Seagate 7200.7 80GB
    POWER:AcBel 550W
    Cooler:Sonic Tower

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    Default Re: The Tomorrow’s Star of Intel Platform- MSI P965 Platinum First Exposure

    2GB DDRII1000 CL3-4-4-9 Everest Memory Write-In testing







    X6800 OC 334X10=>3334Mhz
    X1900XTX default 650/1550MHz testing

    3DMARK2003







    3DMARK2005

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    Default Re: The Tomorrow’s Star of Intel Platform- MSI P965 Platinum First Exposure

    3DMARK2006







    Let’s make a simple summary of P965 Platinum
    Pros
    1.The retail price is about 135USD, extra value
    2.the frequency and voltage adjustment options in BIOS are rich
    3.ICH8R and JMicron storage chip provide 7 SATA2 and one IDE connections.
    4.additional PCI Express x4
    5.the overclock of DDR2 can reach pretty well level


    Cons
    1.The external frequency can achieved is about 330~340MHz
    2.when I put CL4 in BIOS, the CPU-Z in OS shows CL3

    If MSI can improve these 2 defects, together with the 130USD retail price, above average functions and performance,
    I believe P965 Platinum will be a high C/P rate choice:)

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