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The P45 Platinum (HC Edition) is an ATX-form motherboard from MSI, utilizing Intel's P45 chipset architecture.

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Pros

LEDs help with troubleshooting

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Highly amenable to overclocking processors, includes dynamic overclocking software

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LEDs and colored layout give a stylish aesthetic

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Included copper heatsinks control temperatures well

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Cons

Has difficulty POSTing after restarts

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Takes a long time to recognize new memory installs

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Some SATA locations are awkwardly situated and may require large cases

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Onboard BIOS is dated and requires a new flash update

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The P45 Platinum (HC Edition) is an ATX-form motherboard from MSI, utilizing Intel's P45 chipset architecture.  The P45 Platinum can support up to 16GB of DDR2 1066 SDRAM.  The HC edition uses a Thermaltake all-copper cooler, the V1, with a 4-pipe system and variable speed control.  For further information, please see the Intel P45 Chipset report and the MSI P45 Series report.

Features
  • Northbridge:  Intel P45
  • Southbridge:  Intel ICH10R
  • Socket:  LGA775
  • Thermaltake V1 4-channel All-Copper Cooler
  • Memory Support: 16GB DDR2 1066 SDRAM
  • Graphics Options:  2 x16 PCI-E (ATI CrossfireX Capable)
  • Audio:  7.1-Channel HD Audio
  • 12 USB 2.0 Ports,  2 x1 PCI-E Slot, 2 PCI Slots, 6 SATA-3Gb/s Connectors
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN Connection
  • Size:  12" x 9.6"
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