The first thing one notices about the K8N Neo Platinum is the color of the PCB. To further distance the board from its K8T800 based counterpart, MSI opted to use a purple PCB instead of their traditional red with the K8N Neo Platinum.
The board supports the currently available Socket-754 Athlon 64 CPU’s and comes with the required bracket already attached to the motherboard. MSI made sure there is plenty of room
Heatsink are situated on the MOSFets to prevent overheating, a
problem faced when VCore to the CPU is increased.
The nForce 3 250 chipset is single channel like every other Socket-754 chipset on the market, and has support for up to 3Gb of DDR 400 memory. Also pictured is MSI’s CoreCell Chip, allowing for on the fly overclocking in Windows XP.
Unlike the K8T800 chipset, the nForce 3 250 uses a single chip solution for the board’s chipset, steering away from traditional north and south bridge designs.
In another interesting move, MSI has decided to put two of the boards four SATA ports right next to the CPU socket. This is due to the fact that companies like Plextor have just recently announced new optical drives that will use the SATA interface, a trend we will see continue in the next few months.
The board’s other two SATA ports are located at the bottom right corner of the board.
And here we can see the K8N Neo Platinum using the traditional 1 AGP 8X and 5 PCI slot layout.
The board’s I/O panel includes the standard PS/2 ports, a Com and Parallel port, four USB 2.0 ports, one firewire, gigabit ethernet, 5.1 channel audo inputs, and optical out.
You can clearly see that MSI tried to put every feature possible into their new flagship Athlon 64 motherboard. From the four USB 2.0 ports on the boards back I/O panel to the MSI’s enhanced CoreCell technology, the K8N Neo Platinum is one of the most feature rich boards on the market today.