Fortunately, it won’t be a long story. Flashing the latest BIOS version was not very easy: Indeed, many computer enthusiasts, who plan an upgrade with the launch of faster processors, are not willing to change their expensive memory kits for overclockers. The mentioned BIOS parameters are available in this version, but the viability of non-standard settings hasn’t been tested. So we’d like to thank MSI and a number of other companies that support this initiative.

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This rear panel also places four USB ports in a separate group. These cards can be flipped to fit a slot type. Theoretically, the situation x4c be similar to that with EPP: So it’s much more convenient to plug thin wires with small connectors and you don’t have to scrutinize designations on motherboard headers trying to stick your head in your PC case, because only experienced reviewers remember pinouts by heart.

Common users will certainly prefer DDR2 memory as well, if they have a look at prices. This is a modern motherboard with average functionality among representatives of all chipsets: In fact, motherboard manufacturers should not be blamed: Time will show whether users need this solution. This program usually offers rich options for overclocking and monitoring, including control over rotational speed of system fans.

MSI X48C Platinum Ram

We’ve already seen a similar solution in P35 Platinum by the way, this implementation of Circu-Pipe is x84c smaller and has fewer heat sinks, although the chipset is a tad hotter because of the higher FSB clock rate.


There wouldn’t have been anything strange in this fact manufacturers often design common PCB layouts for similar motherboards—but the x48v is, X48 Platinum significantly differs from X48C Platinum in PCB design in particular, the top model supports only DDR3 and has four slots for such memory. Flashing the latest BIOS version was not very easy: Moreover, there have appeared some problems with the layout of elements: The above mentioned solutions leave almost no free room on the PCB.

But reality was crudely different.

But we can be sure that we like this MSI product and the functions it offers. There may be only an insignificant performance difference between the motherboards. Unfortunately, Dual Core Center failed to work with this motherboard—probably a newer version of this utility is required.

Any top model manufacturers will hardly offer other products on X48 will try to distinguish itself in shape and number of heat pipes in its cooling system, of course. The motherboard uses Marvell 88SE IDE controller, employed in the latest MSI products, so you don’t have to worry about support for hard drives with the old interface: However, Mid-End chipsets will be rolled out only this summer.

Sandy Bridge Trying out the new method.

MSI X48C Platinum, LGA775 Socket, Intel Motherboard

x48f By the way, the cooling system of the chipset does a great job, so heat sinks on chipset bridges are barely warm. Much attention is paid to the memory power system: Fortunately, it won’t be a long story. By the way, one of the arguments for using older chipsets is their support for DDR2 memory. Onboard ports, sockets, and connectors Processor socket: It’s difficult to take into account all pros and cons of this approach perhaps, it has more pros than consbut it’s certainly an unusual situation.


Mzi it can boast of a cunning algorithm for supplying memory voltage—it recalculates the last voltage specified in BIOS Setup for the current memory type. Motherboard provided by the manufacturer Sergey Pikalov peek ixbt.

Well, in our case the third heat sink expectedly covers empty PCB. Motherboard manufacturers also offer an alternative—bus-overclocked products on the P35 we’ll review such a motherboard from Biostar in the future.

Our Original Design award is well deserved.

In this case, however, MSI uses a rarer option: Support for two memory types is a rare feature for this class of motherboards, so MSI X48C Platinum definitely mssi out here.