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The MSI P7N Diamond is an advanced Tri-SLI motherboard allowing 3-way SLI through 4 PCI-e x16 ports.

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Pros

north and south bridge both stay cool, board itself doesn't generate much heat

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overclocking memory is well supported, easy and capable of some high speeds

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nice set of extra ports like eSATA and dual RJ45's, allows for some unique setups

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laid out really well to maximize airflow and manage heat

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BIOS works with almost any hardware it's connected to, great compatibility

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capable of 3-way SLI for massive graphics processing performance

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Cons

more expensive than the average motherboard, only enthusiasts will really want to spend the money

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some boot-up problems reported before BIOS gets updated, worth doing right away

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The MSI P7N Diamond is an advanced Tri-SLI motherboard allowing 3-way SLI through 4 PCI-e x16 ports (which operate as x16, x16, x8 under Tri-SLI mode) and 4 DIMM slots for dual channel DDR2 1066+ ram modules up to 8GB. It should be noted that NVIDIA SLI is only supported in 32 and 64 bit Windows XP/Vista operating systems. The P7N provides support for socket LGA 775 CPUs meaning that it is compatible with Intel Core2 Extreme, Core2 Quad, Core2 Duo, Pentium XE, Pentium D, and Pentium 4 processors. The P7N also comes installed with a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme for HD 7.1 CH Audio. For additional features the P7N also provides a dual gigabit LAN for double the network speed, and MSI's own premium mobo application; Live Update; Dual Corecell; MSI Dual CoreCenter; and DOT. Additional ports included are IEEE 1394, RAID (0, 1, 0+1, 5 & JBOD); SATAII; ATA133; eSATA; 2 PCI-E X1; 2 PCI; and 10 USB. The MSI P7N Diamond was released on February 17, 2008 and has an MSRP price of about $299.

Features
  • CPU support: 64 and 32 bit Intel Core2 Extreme, Core2 Quad, Core2 Duo, Pentium XE, Pentium D, and Pentium 4 processors
  • Chipset: NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI
  • Socket: LGA 775
  • Memory Support: Dual DDR2 533/667/800/1066+ (8GB maximum
  • Graphics Options: 4*PCIe x16 with 3-way SLI (Operate as x16, x16, x8 under tri-SLI mode)
  • Audio: 7.1-Channel HD analog audio output
  • 10 USB 2.0 Ports, 4 x1 PCI-E Slot (4 x16), 6 SATA2 connectors, 2 eSATA
  • Dual Gigabit LAN Connection
  • Dimensions: 11.96 in. (L) x 9.61 in. (W) ATX Form Factor
  • Release Date: 02/17/2008
  • MSRP: $299
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