K8N s MSI K8N Neo Platinum Review

MSI K8N Neo Platinum builds off the success of K8T Neo, including an array of new features inherit to the nForce 3 250Gb chipset; a built in hardware firewall among other things. See how it performs against some of the most popular Athlon 64 motherboards on the market.

K8N MSI K8N Neo Platinum Review

Introduction:

Over the past few years, MSI has elevated into the top echelon of the motherboard industry through a combination of unique products, great support, and cheap prices. They have grown exponentially and are one of the biggest names in not only the motherboard industry, but in the graphic card and optical drive markets as well.

With the launch of the Athlon 64 in late 2003, MSI continued its success by releasing the most popular Athlon 64 motherboard, the MSI K8T Neo. The K8T Neo used VIA’s K8T800 chipset, a favorite over
NVIDIA’s nForce 3 150 chipset because of 600Mhz HyperTransport implementation, compared to VIA’s 800Mhz implementation. The extra 200Mhz proved to help sell VIA’s K8T800 to the press and consumers, not allowing
NVIDIA’s nForce 3 150 chipset to get any serious attention from computer enthusiasts.

But you didn’t think that NVIDIA would just take this sitting down do you? Soon after the nForce 3 150 was released,
NVIDIA started work on the next revision of the chipset, now dubbed the nForce 3 250Gb, and in it planned on implementing everything that it missed with the launch of the nForce 3 150, along with a few new features as well. Alas, here we are today with the first board to make it to market featuring
NVIDIA’s nForce 3 250Gb chipset, the MSI K8N Neo Platinum.

The K8N Neo Platinum builds off the success of MSI’s K8T Neo, including an array of new features inherit to the nForce 3 250Gb chipset; including a built in hardware firewall among other things. We’ll be putting the K8N Neo Platinum through its paces and taking a look at how it performs against some of the most popular Athlon 64 motherboards on the market, but first let’s take a closer look at what the K8N Neo Platinum has to offer…

Specifications:

 

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Chipset
NVIDIA nForce 3 250Gb
Processor Support
AMD socket 754 Athlon 64 CPU
Front Side Bus
200Mhz
Memory
3 x 184-pin DDR DIMM sockets
64/128/256/512MB & 1GB
DDR400 SDRAM Memory Up to 3GB
Voltages
VCore up to 1.55V
VDIMM up to 2.85V
VAGP up to 1.85V
Expansion Slots
1 AGP Slot
5 PCI Slots
Onboard IDE / SATA
IDE Channel : ATA133 x 2
Serial ATA Channel x 4
Integrated Components
10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet
6-Channel AC97 CODEC
Onboard IEEE 1394a

 

 

Package Contents:

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•User Manual
•Easy Installation Guide
•Drivers & Utilities CD
•Floppy Disk cable x 1
•80-wire ATA133 cable x 1
•Serial ATA cable x 1
•Serial ATA Power cable x 1
•USB 2.0 Bracket x 1
•Firewire Bracket x 1
•D Bracket x 1
•Back Panel I/O Shield x 1

The K8N Neo Platinum’s bundle is similar to the one provided with the K8T Neo-FI2SR, with new rounded IDE cables, extra SATA cables, and MSI’s D bracket, a nice diagnostic LED PCI bracket that helps you identify hardware issues with the board. It includes all the necessary components needed to run the board in its full potential, and is
definitely one of the better ones in the marketplace.