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MSI X48 Platinum: Four PCI Express x16 Slots to go Please....

That's the explanation for the current situation, typical of transition periods, when even top motherboards on new chipsets support an old memory type, even though enthusiasts shouldn't be scared away by high prices. In this case, however, MSI uses a rarer option: Unfortunately, it's not a very good solution, because a user has to install two stubs into memory slots of the unused type. These cards can be flipped to fit a slot type. To make up for the bulky solution, these stubs are equipped with LEDs that indicate the Msi X48 Platinum Intel Gigabit Ethernet memory type and help diagnose startup problems if they don't light up, you have a problem.

Except for the area of memory modules, the motherboard looks quite ordinary: We've already seen a similar solution in P35 Platinum by the way, this implementation of Circu-Pipe is much smaller and has fewer heat sinks, although the chipset is a tad hotter because of the higher FSB clock rate. Only the second glance reveals a little discrepancy: It's a strange situation, because the motherboard does not have additional elements that require such cooling according to its specifications. There wouldn't have been anything strange in this fact manufacturers often design common PCB layouts for similar motherboards—but the fact Msi X48 Platinum Intel Gigabit Ethernet, X48 Platinum significantly differs from X48C Platinum in PCB design in particular, the top model supports only DDR3 and has four slots for such memory.


Well, in our case the third heat sink expectedly covers empty PCB. Judging by photos on the MSI web site, PCB layout of the retail product will remain the same however, the third heat sink and its heat pipe will be removed. Having examined all strange elements of the motherboard, let's return to the "normal" issues.

Specification for X48 Platinum Motherboard - The world leader in motherboard design MSI Global

The above mentioned solutions leave almost no free room on the PCB. Moreover, there have appeared some problems with the layout of elements: On the other hand, all HDD connectors lie on their sides, so even the longest expansion card won't block them.

Another advantage of this PCB layout for many users is three PCI slots accessible even if you install a very thick graphics card. According to the documentation, the motherboard should be equipped with power and reset buttons they were not installed in our samplewhich may be a nice addon for some users. The motherboard uses an unusual switching voltage regulator for a CPU: Much attention is paid to the memory power system: Besides, MSI uses ferrite chokes instead of iron chokes, so they consume less power and remain cooler. We'll get into the specs momentarily, but first let's look at what makes the MSI X48 Platinum such a nice Msi X48 Platinum Intel Gigabit Ethernet platform. At the top of the list is a simple thing, space around the PCI Express 2.

MSI X48 Specs [H]ard Forum

Boards like the Asus Maximus Extreme may have a fully loaded feature set and watercooling compatible chipset heatsinks, but just go ahead and try to run Crossfire with a pair of Radeon HD X2 videocards Next on our list is information. That may sound incredibly dull, but if you don't know why the motherboard isn't working with certain overclocked settings, it's not much fun troubleshooting. The MSI X48 Platinum motherboard has a dot matrix LED readout tucked away in one corner, which aside from being customizable, acts as a plain english Port 80 card when trouble arises. There is a minor limitation when running DDR memory, but more on that in a moment. There are four physical PCI Express Msi X48 Platinum Intel Gigabit Ethernet slots, split into two pairs with slightly different capabilities.

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The primary slots are PCI Express 2. These allow you to run dual AMD videocards in Crossfire mode, for example.


The other pair of PCIe x16 slots run in x4 mode, so you could install another pair of light-weight graphics cards here if you desire more monitor space in yellow. External drive enclosures like this are almost a must have, and eSATA transfer speeds are very quick.

Layout and Bling - no expense spared! Most of the ports and headers are placed in accessible locations, and all are well labeled. There's plenty of space between the two videocard PCI Express x16 slots for dual-slot graphics cards. Intel® X48 Express Motherboards X48 Platinum IDE; SATAII; RAID; TPM (header); LAN; USB ports (Rear); Audio ports (Rear); ports Msi X48 Platinum Intel Gigabit Ethernet eSATA. MSI X48 Platinum Intel X48 Express Motherboard Review Rounding out the MSI X48 Platinum's feature set are dual Gigabit network ports.

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