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MSI Readies P35 Express Motherboards

Yesterday we brought you news of Intel pushing their release date forward for their 'BearLake' chipset . Well it appears that Taiwanese manufacturer MSI are ready to release motherboards based on 'BearLake' (ICH9R), which provides support for both DDR2 and DDR3 memory. Interestingly, MSI have no less than five motherboards ready to release as we speak. The 'P35 Express' powered lineup includes five new models ranging from the flexible P35 Neo Combo to the flagship P35 Diamond.

Leading MSI’s P35 Express lineup is the DDR3 packing P35 Diamond. This model features four DIMM slots with support for DDR3-1066/800 up to 8 GB. Users hesitant to adopt DDR3 memory so quickly can opt for the P35 Platinum, which features four DDR2 DIMM slots. MSI also has a hybrid version of the P35 Diamond and P35 Platinum, the P35 Platinum Combo.

MSI’s P35 Platinum Combo packs four DDR2 and two DDR3 DIMM slots. The flexibility of the P35 Platinum Combo allows users to have up to 8GB of DDR2-800/667 or 4GB of DDR3-1066/800 memory. As with most combo memory supporting motherboards, the P35 Platinum Combo will not function with both types of memory installed.

All three P35 Express powered motherboards have similar feature sets, despite the different memory configurations. MSI packs its high-end P35 Express motherboards with two physical PCIe x16 slots, one full-speed and the other x4 electrically. Two PCIe x1 and two PCI slots are also available for expansion.

Realtek's integrated ALC888T high-definition audio codec makes an appearance, and allows users to connect standard house phones to PCs for VoIP services. The ALC888T also allows users to use VoIP services while the system is off.

All three high-end P35 Express powered motherboards feature Intel’s ICH9R south bridge. The ICH9R powers four internal SATA 3.0Gbps and two e.SATA ports. MSI installs a secondary Marvell storage controller for one more SATA 3.0Gbps and one IDE port, which is increasingly becoming the norm.

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