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Available for around $225, this motherboard is relatively cheaper than most other X58 motherboards.

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Pros

8 SATA Ports

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12 US Ports

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SLI-version available

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Good Layout

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Decent Overclocking

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Little differences (in integrated functions) with the much more expansive ASUS models and MSI Eclipse

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GreenPowerCenterII which allows for energy saving and heat reduction with on-the-fly cahnges in BIOS settings

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budget price

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Good Sound Quality

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Cons

No SLI support (only CrossFireX)

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Does not POST without attached keyboard

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Requires a BIOS Update to correctly recognize DDR3 faster than 1066 (which is only available via MSI support)

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As of now no BIOS available that supports more than 8GB DDR3

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Only 1 IDE Channel (2 Devices)

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Slow Bios POST

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The MSI X58 Platinum is a budget motherboard built on the X58 chipset and provides support for the Intel Core i7 processor through the LGA 1366 socket. Available for around $225, this motherboard is relatively cheaper than most other X58 motherboards. MSI’s Platinum features support for triple channel DDR3 memory up to 24GB through 6 slots. The board also includes 2 PCI Express 2.0 slots capable of being utilized at x16 mode simultaneously, as well as 3 PCIe x1 slots and 2 PCI slots. This motherboard provides 8-channel HD audio surround sound thanks to the included Realtek ALC888 sound card. Also included are 2 gigabit Ethernet ports, 8 USB 2.0 ports, 1 eSATA port and 1 FireWire port for highspeed external data transfer. The MSI Platinum also supports 2-way CrossFireX in order to maximize users' graphics processing potential. Unlike MSI’s Eclipse, this chipset does not support SLI. The board also features high quality all-solid capacitors, in order to prolong component life and minimize power loss. Users looking for a budget X58 motherboard will likely find the MSI X58 PLatinum an acceptable choice.

Features

  • CPU support: Intel Core i7
  • Chipset: Intel X58
  • Socket: LGA 1366
  • Memory Support: Triple Channel DDR3 DDR3 1600 (O.C.) /1333 up to 24GB maximum
  • Audio Chipset: Realtek ALC888
  • Audio: 7.1 HD Audio surround sound
  • LAN: 2 gigabit LAN ports
  • Supports ATI CrossfireX technology (2-way)
  • 2 PCIe 2.0 x16, 3 PCIe x1, 2 PCI slots
  • 8 USB 2.0 ports, 1 eSATA port, 1 FireWire port
  • 8 SATA 3GB/s connectors
  • ATX Form Factor
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