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P45 Platinum Onboard Devices

11-Way P45 Motherboard Shootout
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MSI P45 Platinum (Revision 1.1)
Northbridge Intel P45 Express
Southbridge Intel ICH10R
Voltage Regulator Six Phases
BIOS V25.B16 (07/18/2008)
333.3 MHz (FSB1333) 334.2 MHz (+0.26%)
Clock Generator ICS 9LPRS113AKLF
Connectors and Interfaces
Onboard 2x PCIe 2.0 x16 (Modes : One x16 or Two x8)

2x PCIe x1

2x PCI

3x USB 2.0 (2 ports per connector)

1x IEEE-1394 FireWire

1x Serial Port header

1x Floppy

1x Ultra ATA (2 drives)

8x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s

1x Front Panel Audio

1x CD-Audio In

1x S/P-DIF Out

1x Internal Power Button

1x Internal Reset Button

1x Fan 4 pins (CPU/Chassis)

4x Fan 3 pins (Chassis/Chipset)
IO panel 2x PS2 (keyboard + mouse )

6x USB 2.0

1x IEEE-1394 FireWire

1x Digital Audio Out (S/P-DIF Optical)

1x External SATA

1x RJ-45 Network

6x Analog Audio Jacks (8-ch out, Mic+Line In)
Mass Storage Controllers
Intel ICH10R 6x SATA 3.0Gb/s (RAID 0,1,5,10)
JMicron JMB363 PCI-E 1x Ultra ATA-133 (2-drives)

2x SATA 3.0Gb/s
JMicron JMB362 PCI-E 1x External SATA 3.0Gb/s
Network
Realtek RTL8111C PCI-E Gigabit LAN Connection
Audio
Realtek ALC888 7.1 + 2 channel Multi-Streaming Output
FireWire
Jmicron JMB381 PCI-E 2x IEEE-1394a (400 Mbit/s)

The P45 Platinum uses all six ICH10R PCI Express pathways to support two x1 slots and four onboard devices. Notice that MSI uses twice as many third-party ATA controllers as its competitors, and that even the IEEE-1394 FireWire controller uses PCI Express.

MSI has an adequate selection of port types, but we have to wonder why the company chose a single-port eSATA controller when there’s obvious room for two ports ? That eSATA controller is located next to the rear-panel CLR_CMOS button.

Also unlike the more costly competitors, the P45 Platinum supports only one Gigabit Ethernet connector. One port is all most users will ever need, but this small difference still designates the P45 Platinum as a lower-cost part.

We couldn’t photograph the JMicron JMB362 eSATA controller without removing the entire heat-pipe assembly, but here’s a photo of the other controller. The JMB363 adds two internal SATA ports and one Ultra ATA 133 header, and both controllers use PCI Express to enhance data throughput.

MSI is beginning to look like JMicron’s best-friend, using the rarely-seen JMB381 to add two IEEE-1394 FireWire ports. FireWire 400 doesn’t require the speed of PCI Express, but it was probably used to simplify trace routing.

Realtek’s RTL8111C also uses PCI Express for optimal bi-directional transfers.

MSI uses the same Realtek ALC888 codec as Jetway and Biostar, a part rated at 97db signal-to-noise ratio for its eight main speaker channels. The codec also supports a separate sound stream for stereo headphones, allowing audio multi-tasking.

Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. ASRock P45R2000-WiFi
  3. P45R2000-WiFi Onboard Devices
  4. P45R2000-WiFi BIOS And Overclocking
  5. P45R2000-WiFi Software And Accessories
  6. ASRock P45TS-R
  7. P45TS-R Onboard Devices
  8. P45TS-R BIOS And Overclocking
  9. P45TS-R Software And Accessories
  10. Asus Maximus II Formula
  11. Maximus II Formula Onboard Devices
  12. Maximus II Formula BIOS And Overclocking
  13. Maximus II Formula Software And Accessories
  14. Asus P5Q Deluxe
  15. P5Q Deluxe Onboard Devices
  16. P5Q Deluxe BIOS And Overclocking
  17. P5Q Deluxe Software And Accessories
  18. Biostar TSeries TP45 HP
  19. TP45 HP Onboard Devices
  20. TP45 HP BIOS And Overclocking
  21. TP45 HP Software And Accessories
  22. Biostar TPower i45
  23. TPower i45 Onboard Devices
  24. TPower i45 BIOS And Overclocking
  25. TPower i45 Software And Accessories
  26. ECS Black Series P45T-A
  27. P45T-A Onboard Devices
  28. P45T-A BIOS And Overclocking
  29. P45T-A Software And Accessories
  30. Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6
  31. EP45-DQ6 Onboard Devices
  32. EP45-DQ6 BIOS And Overclocking
  33. EP45-DQ6 Software And Accessories
  34. Jetway HI04
  35. HI04 Onboard Devices
  36. HI04 BIOS And Overclocking
  37. HI04 Software And Accessories
  38. MSI P45 Platinum
  39. P45 Platinum Onboard Devices
  40. P45 Platinum BIOS And Overclocking
  41. P45 Platinum Software And Accessories
  42. MSI P45D3 Platinum
  43. P45 D3 Platinum BIOS And Overclocking
  44. P45D3 Platinum Software And Accessories
  45. Test Hardware
  46. Benchmark Configuration
  47. Benchmark Results: 3D Games
  48. Benchmark Results: Applications
  49. Benchmark Results: Video Encoding And Synthetics
  50. Performance Analysis
  51. Onboard Audio Quality
  52. Power Consumption And Temperature
  53. Overclocking
  54. Conclusion
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