You can also see two red buttons that are oddly not placed next each other; one is an on-board power button while the other is a reset button. We have nothing to say about the bundle of this motherboard, just your average bundle you can have a look at all components in the photo gallery. If you have dual-slot coolers on your GPUs, you will lose the slot directly under the PCIe x16 slot however, so keep that in mind as you build out your system. Plus indicating power on and voltage at the motherboard. Besides, the motherboard offers the following extra functions:.

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It had absolutely no problems detecting an optical drive at startup and in Windows, allowing to boot from a CD, etc. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone. Consumed Power, Energy Consumption: We don’t understand why insulate these cool DrMOS chips MSI shows advantages of their thermal conditions in this strange video clip from the chipset heat. MSI assures that it’s done platibum popular demand of novice overclockers, who don’t want to mothdrboard with complex settings.

When we examined heatsinks on DrMOS chips, we were shocked by a thick layer of thermal interface under them. The board offers six USB 2.

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Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. You must admit that the staff on [really hot] chipset components looks different, and its layer is really thin. And finally, the fifth pipe goes from the second farther heatsink on DrMOS chips.


Logitech’s intelligent solution to their smart home restores Harmony. Besides, when a motherboard is switched on, these LEDs indicate operability of each expansion card installed as well as a number of active channels in all three voltage regulators. We’ll compare MSI P45 Platinum with several motherboards with the same chipset and several competing ones.

It actually looks pretty cool to my eyes and somewhat resembles an engine block. This platunum was actually started by ASUS a couple of years back but it seems to have caught on quite well. The power circuit of the board is expectedly on a high level. Write a comment below.

If you have dual-slot coolers on your GPUs, you will lose the slot directly under the PCIe x16 slot however, so keep that in mind as you build out your system. Did I mention that the heatsink on this motherboard was big?

Home Reviews News Forums. Another two pipes go from one of the heatsinks on the VRM.

MSI P45 Platinum, Intel Motherboard

Looking at the whole board you first pick up the massive heatsink and heatpipe configuration that covers the north bridge and south bridge chips in addition to the MOSFETs along the sides of the CPU socket. We can also mention a couple of jumpers not even buttons!

Joined with the plate on the Northbridge fortunately, mottherboard solderingall the pipes bend upwards to form a “fountain” with extra finning. There are no other layout peculiarities that could affect functionality — only the power and reset buttons on the PCB haven’t become usual things yet even though they are mandatory on top models.


Besides, functionality of these products is vast rather than unique — that is it’s a usual top series similar to Deluxe series from ASUS. At least the motherboard detected our test processors correctly, so we had no problems with not using these jumpers unlike MSI PD.

Is Topre Realforce the Realthing? Latest News Latest Videos. As p5 increased timings to in DDR mode, we expected no performance records from this motherboard.

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Note the on-board indicators. Core 2 still lives!!

Of motherboarrd it also brings to table a great collection of features at a bargain price. Don’t let the sun shine on it though as the reflection might cause some permanent damage to your vision. As a result, we had to work out minimal settings with which this system agreed to startup.

It looks imposing, it does not take up much room, it does not interfere with most CPU coolers, and most importantly, it’s not platinhm expensive: