MSI P7N SLI Platinum 750i based motherboard

Board layout and features

Board layout and features
MSI have done a decent job with the design of the P7N. The board's PCB is an enthusiast's favourite: black. There seems to be more of an abundance of colours than you would normally like to see on a board which gives it somewhat of a "Fisher Price" look, but at least it means that everything makes sense as far as matching board to components.
Everything is lined up at the edge of the board and there's nothing in the way of components that gets you annoyed. Notice also that there's a sensible amount of space between CPU and memory modules.
board 1  board layout 2
The cooler is a rather spangly affair on the board with several loops of heatpipes on the board and a chunk of copper-looking aluminium covering the PCI-e 2.0 chip that is installed on the board.  At first I thought this array of heatpipes was a little OTT, but after some use I can say that it does the job pretty well.
cpu area  cooler
As you can see, the CPU area does have a few caps around it, but these are low profile so most cooling solutions will be good to go around the socket. Certainly our test-bed Noctua NH-U12P was fine.
PCI area
The PCI area is generally well laid out, although the PCI-e 2.0 chip that MSI have used seems to use up a space that could have been used for a PCI or PCI-e x1 slot.
general io area 1  general io area 2
Here we see that MSI have thoughtfully provided 2 x fullsize IDE slots and an FDD IDE slot. Not a bad decision and one that will be welcomed by those wanting to use a couple of older drives, along with some IDE opticals.
RAM area  cpas and sata 90°
The RAM area is fairly far from the PCU as I stated earlier and the SATA ports are twisted 90°, something we are seeing more and more and certainly a welcome addition.
Another thing you may have noticed about this board is that every single capacitor is a high-quality Japanese solid state capacitor - this is a total plus for stability and longevity, props to MSI.
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Most Recent Comments

18-02-2008, 06:28:41

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

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

18-02-2008, 08:58:56

That is some serious overclocking results.. I mean it beat the others by quite a chunk! Also the 0% CPU utilization was quite impressive.Quote

18-02-2008, 09:16:08

Great review.

I`m still feeling these 780 boards are `good` without being great.

Some excel with something in 1 area and lose something in another, all very minimally. But appear solid.

Like to see an SLI vS CF of the `best` of the 780i`s vS the `best` 35/38. From a gaming pov, be pretty interesting. All the same stuff cept the gfxcards, that perhaps are close as single cards maybe.

With the prices tho, I don`t think u can turn ur nose up at them.Quote

18-02-2008, 09:19:01

if they combined that boards performance and features with the DFi black and green colour scheme, you'd be onto a winner

performs sweet though Quote

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