MSI K8N Neo 2 Platinum Edition
Our entry from the MSI lineup is none other than the highly vaunted K8N Neo 2 Platinum Edition motherboard. It is based on the nForce3 Ultra chipset and requires no added Southbridge to function at its full potential. It is a full-featured board and can be found online for about US$139 at the time of this piece. Before we take a look at some of the highlights of the board, let's take a look at a feature list as provided by the manufacturer:
Supports Socket 939 for AMD Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 processor
Supports up to 3500+, 3800+ Athlon 64 FX 53, or higher CPU
nForce 3 Ultra Chipset
HyperTransport link to the AMD Athlon 64/Athlon 64 FX CPU
HyperTransport supporting speed up to 1GHz (2000MT/s)
AGP3.0 8X interface at 533 MT/s (million transfers per second)
Two independent SATA controllers, for four drives
IEEE 802.3 NVIDIA MAC for 1000BASE-T
Dual Fast ATA-133 IDE controllers
Supports dual channel DDR 266/333/400, using four 184-pin DDR DIMMs.
Supports a maximum memory size up to 4GB with ECC.
Supports 2.5v DDR SDRAM DIMM.
An IDE controller on the nVidia nForce3 Ultra chipset provides IDE HDD/CD-ROM with PIO, Bus Master and Ultra DMA133/100/66 operation modes.
Can connect up to 4 IDE devices
Supports 4 SATA ports. Transfer rate is up to 150MB/s.
NV RAID (Software)
Supports up to 4 SATA & 2 ATA133 Hard drives
RAID 0 or 1, 0+1, JBOD is supported
RAID function work w/ATA133 + SATA HDD or 2 SATA HDD
Realtek 7.1 Audio
Dual GigABIT LAN ports (1x Realtek, 1x Marvell)
3x IEEE 1394 Firewire (VIA 6306)
8x USB 2.0
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