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nVidia nForce 500 Series for Socket AM2 - What's new nVidia? - Test Board - MSI K9N Platinum

We got a mixture of MSI and DFI nForce 500 series Socket AM2 boards. We put them together to find out the differences.

By: | NVIDIA Chipsets in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Sep 18, 2006 4:00 am

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Now it's into the mid-range for nVidia's 500 series chipsets with the MSI K9N Platinum.



The layout of the K9N Platinum is almost identical to the K9N SLI Platinum, only very little has changed. The same full sized ATX form factor is used and the placement of the power connectors, IDE and FDD connectors are identical as is the CPU socket area.



The rear I/O is also identical to the K9N SLI, so we won't bother going over this again.



The slots are where the main difference is. To distinguish it from the K9N SLI platinum, the second PCI Express x16 slot is coloured yellow. This is because it does not support SLI; it only runs at x4 speeds. This is for use with multi monitor setups, not SLI. The rest of the expansion slots are identical to the K9N SLI Platinum.



The same VIA Firewire controller chip is also employed to give two Firewire ports.

MSI K9N Platinum Motherboard


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