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The MSI P45 Series of motherboards use Intel's P4 platform, which is based on NVIDIA chipset.

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Pros

Cheap option for a gamer on a budget (CrossFireX capable).

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Great overclocking features, very stable overclocker.

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Decent integrated sound card supports 7.1-channel setups.

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Cons

Manual is very vague/unhelpful for installation and overclocking.

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Pretty dated specs--LGA 775 socket, most models only support DDR2 RAM.

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Really ugly, distracting colour scheme.

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BIOS is a bit limited compared to competing brands such as Asus.

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Very limited number of rear USB on most variations.

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The MSI P45 Series of motherboards use Intel's P4 platform, which is based on NVIDIA chipset. All the motherboards in this series provide a 775 socket, 1333/1600 FSB, 960 PlatinumD CPU support as well as dual and quad cores. There are six models in this series. At the high end there is the Diamond, Platinum and Platinum (HC), all of which are considered the flagship models and are the most expensive. In the mainstream, mid-range price are the Neo 3-FR, Neo2-FR and Neo-F models. The higher end products come with 2 Gen.2 (8x+8x), instead of the 1 Gen.2 found in the Neo series. All the models offered in this series comes with embedded software. MSI Live Update Online is feature that automatically download and update the BIOS and driver when a new version becomes available online. Live Updates 3 feature ensure the correct version is downloaded and saves the time needed to locate the file and upload it to every motherboard.

Models
  • Diamond
    • Northbridge:  Intel P45
    • Southbridge:  Intel ICH10R
    • Socket:  LGA775
    • Memory Support: 8GB DDR3 1600 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:  30.5cm x 24.5cm
  • Platinum
    • Northbridge:  Intel P45
    • Southbridge:  Intel ICH10R
    • Socket:  LGA775
    • Memory Support: 16GB DDR2 1066 SDRAM
    • Graphics Options:  2 x16 PCI-E (ATI CrossfireX Capable)
    • Audio:  8-Channel Audio
    • 12 USB 2.0 Ports,  2 x1 PCI-E Slot, 2 PCI Slots, 6 SATA-3Gb/s Connectors
    • Realtek Gigabit LAN Connection
    • Size:  30.5cm x 24.5cm
  • Platinum (HC)
    • 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"
  • Neo 3-FR
    • Northbridge:  Intel P45
    • Southbridge:  Intel ICH10R
    • Socket:  LGA775
    • Memory Support: 16GB DDR2 1066 SDRAM
    • Graphics Options:  1 x16 PCI-E
    • Audio:  8-Channel Audio
    • 12 USB 2.0 Ports,  1 x1 PCI-E Slot, 2 PCI Slots, 6 SATA-3Gb/s Connectors
    • Realtek Gigabit LAN Connection
    • Size:  30.5cm x 24.5cm
  • Neo2-FR
    • Dr Mos with Green Power, Xpress Cool and RapidBoost
    • ATI CrossFireX
    • Green Power Design
    • Audio chip integration by Realtek
    • Flexible 8 channel audio with jack sensing
    • Compliant with Azalia 1.0 specification
    • Meets Microsoft Vista Premium specification
    • Supports PCIe Lan 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet
    • 3 USB 2.0 connectors
    • 8 serial ATAII connectors
  • Neo-F
    • Green Power Design
    • Dual Core Center
    • Live Update Online
    • Supports Intel Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo
    • Supports Intel Yorkfield and Wolfdale
    • Supports FSB 1600(OC)/1333/1066/800 MHz
    • One PCIe 2.0 x16 slot
    • Two PCIe x1 slot
    • Three 32-bit v2.3 master PCI bus slot
    • One Ultra DMA 66/100/133 IDE controller integrated with JMicron 368
    • Supports PCIe Lan 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Realtek
Features
  • Northbridge:  Intel P45
  • Southbridge:  Intel ICH10R
  • Socket:  LGA775
  • Memory Support: 8GB DDR3 1600 SDRAM
  • Graphics Options:  2 x16 PCI-E (ATI CrossfireX Capable)
  • Audio:  7.1-Channel HD Audio
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