Yes, we’re still at it with Intel’s P35 chipset even though Intel X38-based boards are streaming in slowly.
Today, we’ll be pitting MSI’s offering against our fastest Intel P35 chipset-based motherboard, the ASUS P5K Premium, which is on par with some Intel X38-based motherboards! Will the MSI be able to wrest the performance crown from the P5K Premium? Read on to find out.
Giving the lackluster performance of motherboards using Intel’s X38 chipset,
the P35 chipset that was thought to be relegated-sooner-than-expected has been
given a lifeline. Performance difference between a fast P35 board and a X38
board is negligible. You could probably save a hundred bucks and invest the cash
on a better graphics card.
With the minimal quantity of Intel X38-based boards available in the market,
we will be taking a look at an Intel P35-based board from one of the more
popular manufacturers – the MSI P35 Platinum which utilises inexpensive DDR2
The box is simple, with no bling whatsoever. Key features of the motherboard
are mentioned on the covers.
Let us take a quick look at the board’s specifications:
|CPU||Supports Intel® Core 2 Quad/Core 2 Duo based processors
in LGA775 package.
Supports Intel® Yorkfield, Wolfdale.
Supports FSB 1333/1066/800 MHz.
|Chipset||Intel® P35 Chipset
Supports FSB 800/1066/1333MHz.
Supports dual channel, DDR2 667/800/1066 (OC).
Intel® ICH9R Chipset
|Memory||Supports four unbuffered DIMM of 1.8 Volt DDR2 SDRAM
Supports up to 8GB memory size
Supports DDR2 667/800/1066 (OC) memory
|Card Slots||Two PCI Express 16X slots with 1×16 and 1×4 operations (PCI
Express Bus SPEC V1.0a compliant; supports CrossFire Technology)
Two PCI Express x1 slots. (support PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a
Two 32-bit v2.3 master PCI bus slots.
Support 3.3v/5v PCI bus interface.
|Storage||One Ultra DMA 66/100/133 IDE controller integrated
in Marvell® 88SE6111
Supports PIO, Bus Master operation modes.
Can connect up to two Ultra ATA drives
SATA II controller
|Audio||Chip integrated by Realtek® ALC888/ALC888T
Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing
Compliant with Azalia 1.0 spec.
Supports VoIP Card. (only for ALC888T)
|LAN||Supports PCI Express LAN 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by
|Firewire||VIA® VT6308 chipset
Supports up to two 1394 ports. (Rear panel x1, pinheader x1)
Transfer rate is up to 400Mbps
|Internal I/O Ports||ATX 24-Pin power connector
ATX 4-pin VGA power connector
8-pin ATX 12V power connector
CPU / System x 5 FAN connectors
Front panel audio connector
Front panel connector
1 x SPDIF-out pinheader
1 x chasis intrusion connector
1 x serial port pinheader
3 x USB 2.0 connectors
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
5 x Serial ATAII connectors
1 x ATA133 connector
1 x IEEE1394 connector support additional 1 port
2 x H/W OC pinheaders
|Rear I/O Ports||1 x PS/2 keyboard
1 x PS/2 mouse
2 x eSATA ports (please refer to Intel website for eSATA function)
1 x 6 in 1 audio jack
6 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x RJ45 LAN jack
1 x IEEE1394 port (optional)
1 x Optical SPDIF out
|BIOS||Plug & Play
Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function
|Form Factor||ATX Form Factor, 30.5cm(L) x 24.5cm(W)|