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Closer Look at MSI P45 Platinum

MSI P45 Platinum mainboard is the best-balanced solution. It is not as simple as MSI P45 Neo3, and not as complicated as MSI P45 Diamond. Unlike MSI P45D3 Platinum, it supports more widely spread DDR2 SDRAM. As a result, we selected this particular solution - MSI P45 Platinum – to get acquainted with the entire lineup of Micro-Star mainboards on Intel P45 Express chipset.

Package and Accessories

MSI P45 Platinum comes in a pretty vertical box with a convenient carry handle. The front of the package is decorated with a cute scary creature, while the back of the box lists the major mainboard specifications and bears a photograph of it.


Among the bundled accessories you will get traditional FDD and IDE cables, Serial ATA cables and SATA power adapters and an I/O Shield for the case rear panel. Moreover, there is a bracket with an IEEE1394 port and two USB ports, a Crossfire bridge and an M-Connectors block making it easy to connect cables to the front panel ports, audio, USB and IEEE1394 connectors.

As usual, MSI includes two CD-disks with drivers and utilities: one for Windows XP operating system and another one for Windows Vista; a poster with brief installation instructions and a user’s manual.

This time we also found an additional CD-disk with HDD Backup utility and a small brochure with instructions to it. The utility allows saving an image of a given HDD partition on a different HDD or in a different partition and restore any data when necessary. The only drawback is the fact that this utility only works with partitions formatted for FAT, FAT32 or NTFS file systems.

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