You can reach out to them here. Have feedback on the article for the editorial team? We also recommend installing the 8-pin ATX connector first if you plan to install a large air cooling system. I don’t doubt for a second the major players like ASUS and Gigabyte will catch up, but for now, I’d buy this board in a heartbeat. Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment.

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For the application it is intended for, p9655, even for regular non-overclocking folk, it truly is a bright star in the motherboard landscape of mediocrity. Not too many boards have it yet since it has HDCP support. They corrected this on P Platinum manual: The good thing about the board is that MSI tries to make up for its core deficiencies. Because the ICH8 has no advanced performance features and coupled with the fact that Intel chose to remove IDE support altogether, it is not surprising to find that MSI favors the JMicron controller as primary storage.

Board Layout and Features Click to enlarge The P Platinum pp965 has an excellent layout for the most part, the color p695 is pleasing to the eyes, and it was extremely easy to install in our Cooler Master CM Stacker Here are the features which seperate it from the rest of the chipset pack.

We also recommend installing the 8-pin ATX connector first if you plan to install a large air cooling system. MSI P Platinum motherboard. Both main and auxiliary ATX power connectors are located towards msj back in the middle, close to the MCH heatsink, which in itself is a problem.


MSI P965 Platinum – motherboard – ATX – LGA775 Socket – P965 Series

Saturday, December 29, Log in Don’t have an account? While I agree that the moniker “Extreme” might be misguided to an overclocking nut, it qualifies when looking at the features. The first thing that immediately drew our attention is the use of a second x16 PCI Express slot.

However our concern is the location of the 8-pin ATX and 4-pin Molex power connectors near the CPU area, as they could cause cable management issues with larger air coolers like the Scythe Infinity. Sign up now Username Password Remember Me.

MSI P965 Neo-F – motherboard – ATX – LGA775 Socket – P965

As a result, we have a board with a clean layout, but not exactly free from msl. Simple memory timing, voltage and core frequencies are just about all you can tweak and the absence of voltage controls for both CPU and chipset will tell you just where the board stands.

This motherboard uses a passive cooling solution on its chipset and does not use any cooling solution on its voltage regulator transistors, as you can see in Figure 1. This is one of the main differences between this motherboard and its competitors: This is VERY important.

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While on other motherboards you need to install memory modules on sockets that have the p695 color to enable dual channel, on this motherboard you need to install memory modules on sockets that have different colors in order to enable dual channel.


Too bad the board is intentionally limited by its BIOS. On this motherboard sockets 1 and 2 are green and sockets 3 and 4 are orange, and you have to pay close attention, as MSI uses a different color scheme compared to other manufacturers.

Slots found on this motherboard. Of course, we decided to go ahead and overclock it anyway, this being a review and all. For HTPC use, it might simply be the best board available. So you mxi to install one module at a green socket and the other module on an orange socket. You can reach out to them here. We love how much room the DIMM and expansion slots enjoy, but our chief complaint is with the middle of the board.

The rest of the board’s features are pretty decent as well. After installation, we find that the combination makes it a little hard to access the CPU cooler retention clips in that corner.

Subscribe to the latest tech news as well as exciting promotions from us and our partners! Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. This means that if you still have a parallel IDE optical drive it will only be recognized on Windows after you install the JMicron driver. The ports controlled by the chipset support RAID 0, 1, 5 and