main small MSI P35 Platinum   Insights to the dominance of the P35 chipset

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
memories.

The box is simple, with no bling whatsoever. Key features of the motherboard
are mentioned on the covers.

1 box MSI P35 Platinum   Insights to the dominance of the P35 chipset

Let us take a quick look at the board’s specifications:

CPUSupports Intel® Core 2 Quad/Core 2 Duo based processors
in LGA775 package.

Supports Intel® Yorkfield, Wolfdale.

Supports FSB 1333/1066/800 MHz.

ChipsetIntel® P35 Chipset
Supports FSB 800/1066/1333MHz.
Supports dual channel, DDR2 667/800/1066 (OC).

Intel® ICH9R Chipset
Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0) controller, 480Mb/sec, up to 12 ports.
4 SATAII with 2 eSATA ports with transfer rate up to 3Gb/s.
PCI Master v2.3, I/O APIC.
ACPI 2.0 compliant.
Serial ATA RAID 0/1/5/10.
Integrated AHCI controller

MemorySupports four unbuffered DIMM of 1.8 Volt DDR2 SDRAM

Supports up to 8GB memory size

Supports DDR2 667/800/1066 (OC) memory
interface

Card SlotsTwo 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
compliant)

Two 32-bit v2.3 master PCI bus slots.

Support 3.3v/5v PCI bus interface.

StorageOne 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
integrated in ICH9R and Marvell® 88SE6111
Up to 300MB/sec transfer speed.
Supports four SATAII ports and two eSATA ports by ICH9R.
Supports AHCI controller with SATA RAID 0/1/5/10.
Supports one SATAII port by 88SE6111

AudioChip integrated by Realtek® ALC888/ALC888T
Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing

Compliant with Azalia 1.0 spec.
Meet Microsoft Vista Premium spec.

Supports VoIP Card. (only for ALC888T)

LANSupports PCI Express LAN 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by
Realtek 8111B
FirewireVIA® VT6308 chipset
Supports up to two 1394 ports. (Rear panel x1, pinheader x1)
Transfer rate is up to 400Mbps
Internal I/O PortsATX 24-Pin power connector
ATX 4-pin VGA power connector
8-pin ATX 12V power connector
CPU / System x 5 FAN connectors
CD-in connector
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 
(optional)
2 x H/W OC pinheaders 
(optional)
Rear I/O Ports1 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
(optional)
BIOSPlug & Play
Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function
Form FactorATX Form Factor, 30.5cm(L) x 24.5cm(W)