MSI P7N SLI Platinum 750i based motherboard

Introduction and Specification

Introduction
 
Look around the stores for motherboards and one of those that will be filling up that list in all categories is MSI. One of the worlds biggest motherboard manufacturers, Micro Star International has been around for a while and established itself as a company who cater for the enthusiast.
 
Some info from MSI's website:
 
Established in August 1986, MSI has always upheld the business philosophy "Award-winning product quality and outstanding customer service." MSI is a specialist in the design and manufacture of motherboards, add-on cards, servers/workstations, barebones, communication devices and CE Products and Notebooks. Surmounting a challenging industry, we've raced to the head of the pack and are now ranked within the world's top 3 motherboard manufacturers and one of the top 5 server manufacturers. What's more, MSI graphics card has the most amazing sales performance over the past years, making it to the no. 1 position in the world for four consecutive years. Did you know that one MSI graphics card is sold every 2.8 seconds? So far, there are more than 60 million users worldwide enjoying MSI graphics cards.
 
MSI logo
 
Overclock3D is always striving to bring our readers the latest and greatest technology products so naturally, MSI was on our list of "things to do". We've been sent MSI's P7N SLI Platinum to torture on the benching table, so let's get in to the board and see what we can see.
 
Specification
 
CPU

• Supports Socket 775 for Intel® Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, P4, P4EE, Pentium D, Pentium XE processors.
• Supports FSB 1333/1066/800/533MHz.
• Supports EIST technology.
• Supports Intel® Hyper-Threading technology.
Please refer to CPU Support for compatible CPU; the above description is for reference only.

MSI Reminds you...
1. NVIDIA nForce Series boards DO NOT support Windows® 98/ME
2. SLI Technology only supports 32-bit and 64-bit Windows XP
3. For the best performance and commitment of convenience, please use memories listed in MSI approved memory module vendor list (Please check memory test report), which provides the easiest, up-to-date memory configurations.

Chipset

• NVIDIA® nForce 750i SLI (C72P) Chipset

• NVIDIA® nForce 430i (MCP51) Chipset

Main Memory

• Supports dual channel DDR2 533/667/800, using four 240-pin/1.8V DDR2 DIMMs.
• Supports a maximum memory size up to 8GB

Slots

• Three PCI Express x16 slots
- the mazarine slot PCI Express x 16 slot (PCI_E1) supports PCIE 2.0 x 16 mode.
- the two light-blue PCI Express x 16 slots (PCI_E2 & PCI_E3) support PCI Express x 8 mode only.
- supports SLI technology.
• Two 32-bit v2.3 Master PCI bus slots (support 3.3v/5v PCI bus interface)

On-Board IDE

• An IDE controller on the NVIDIA® nForce430i chipset provides IDE
HDD/CD-ROM with PIO, Bus Master and Ultra DMA133/100/66 operation modes.
- Can connect up to 4 IDE devices.

On-Board SATA

• nForce 430i supports 4 SATA II ports (SATA 1 to 4).
- Transfer rate is up to 300 MB/s.
- 2 eSATA port by JMicron JMB363 (back panel, optional)

NV RAID
- 4 SATA ports support RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 or JBOD is supported
- 2 eSATA ports (back panel) support RAID 0/1 mode
MSI Reminds You...
• The RAID setup floppy disk is optional depending on the districts. You can download the files from the website to make the setup disk.

Audio

• Chip integrated by Realtek® ALC888
- Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing
- Compliant with Azalia 1.0 spec.

LAN

- Supports 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Realtek® RTL8211BL

IEEE1394

• VIA® VT 6308P chipset
- Transfer rate is up to 400Mbps

Internal I/O Connectors

- ATX 24-Pin power connector
- 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
- CPU / Systemx3 FAN connectors
- CD-in connector
- Front panel audio connector
- Front panel connector
- 1 x IEEE1394 connector (optional)
- 2 x USB 2.0 connector support additional 4 ports
- 1 x Floppy disk drive connector
- 4 x serial ATA connectors
- 1 x serial port connector (optional)
- SPDIF-out connector
- 1 x TPM module connector (optional)
- 2 x ATA133 connectors
- Chassis intrusion switch connector
- Clear CMOS button
MSI Reminds You...
• The floppy disk cable will be optional.

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 Optical SPDIF out
- 1 x 6 in 1 Audio jack
- 1 x IEEE1394 port (optional)
- 4 x USB 2.0 ports
- 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack

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

• 30.4cm(L) x 24.5cm(W) ATX Form Factor

Mounting

• 9 mounting holes.
 
This Platinum model 750i based board has a nice mid-range set of features and includes SLI technology from Nvidia. Let's take a look at the packaging and package...
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Most Recent Comments

18-02-2008, 06:21:30

FarFarAway
Check out MSI's P7N, will it live up to expectations?

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18-02-2008, 06:28:41

JN
Nice review mate and a decent board to boot!

Now all that MSI need to do is remove Zippy, Bungle and George from the "board colour scheme" team, and they'll have a perfect board

Seriously tho...surprisingly decent OC results from an Nvidia chipset.Quote

18-02-2008, 06:40:32

Luigi
Yes, i mean thats better than the 780i boards which are a 'better' chipset..Quote
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