Budget Bliss – the MSI P6NGM featuring the MCP73PV chipset
Here we have the P6NGM , coming in an azure coloured retail box, littered with MSI’s signature "Space cruiser" picture, an icon of MSI’s since their Intel 800 series of chipsets.
Bird’s eye view of the mainboard – MSI has been known for using red-coloured PCBs for their mainstream lineup of mainboards. Neat & organised board layout , no complaints here!
Taking a look at its I/O ports – we have the standard fare of P/s2, USB, gigabit LAN , and audio outputs. What really stands out is the HDMI port!
The board features a 3-phase power design , also adopting to utilize solid-state capacitors near the PWN area due to their resillience against heat and long-term usage.
Over here we have the internal connector ports, neatly arranged.
The Realtek 8211BL Gigabit LAN controller is responsible for bridging the digital divide between the mainboard’ and the rest of the online community.
And for your ever-increasing audio desires, the Realtek ALC888 onboard sound decoder chip will see to it! The ALC888 series are high-performance 7.1+2 Channel High Definition Audio Codecs providing ten DAC channels that simultaneously support 7.1 sound playback, plus 2 channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple streaming) through the front panel stereo outputs. A huge improvement in onboard sound capabilities i’d say!