Mainboard dimensions — x mm “wide” ATX, nine-screw mount, all mainboard edges are firmly fixed. It is always interesting that Asus, MSI, and DFI prefer to use passive and silent cooling solutions instead of the active and noiser solutions favored by other manufacturers. There are many reasons to why Intel moved from a pinned processor package, to pinless. Note that it’s already the second mainboard from MSI we reviewed, which uses this CMedia codec and which received the “Good” mark for the audio quality instead of usual “Very good” and “Excellent”. BioShock Infinite and Metro: Intel P chipset It’s a mainboard, which we cannot help calling a product for those who stick to moderateness in innovations: As things get faster, components run hotter, that’s a simple rule in the world of computers.

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MSI P Neo2 Platinum Motherboard Review –

Northbridge, south bridge, and power transistors are all cooled with large passive heatsinks. That’s great for those who want to keep their systems running in prime condition. Furthermore, if you divide the number of ndo2 by the area of the processor you’ll find that Socket chips are among the most dense ever.

One area that was a big surprise in the MSI was the unique range of Memory Speed choices, or memory ratios, available on the P Neo2 platinum. Features and Layout Abit AG8: No one else really offers options from which to choose: Dynamic range, dB A: The 3-phase switching voltage regulator of the processor incorporates two uF capacitors, seven uF capacitors, and several ones of a lesser capacity.


The introduction of Socket addressed a variety of issues with Socket ; like excessive pressure from heatsinks which flexed the motherboard, not enough power-related pins to deal with high power consumption of emerging cores, and a few other points slightly more technical in nature.

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This allows even novice overclockers to get some significant improvements in performance with overclocking. The best way to mange the heat inside a case is with good airflow; the Southbridge for instance is one of the hottest points on the motherboard since the heatsink is so small, so continual airflow is advisable.

So the question arrises of how to feed future generation processors with the power requirements of yesterday’s CPU socket architecture? The PCB layout provides a seat for a aucio controller chip, which is left empty. Sandy Bridge Trying out the new method.

MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum – motherboard – ATX – LGA775 Socket – i915P Series

We have compiled all the models into one table for convenience, so that it’s easier to see their differences: Consumed Power, Energy Consumption: Enthusiasts in the crowd should be pleased to know the P Neo2 motherboard comes with a total of four fan headers.

Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. Fortunately, MSI also allows the user to dial-in their own overclocking options if they choose, which is an important feature for most enthusiasts.

On the power front, next generation processors are drawing much more electricity and die shrinks aren’t helping the situation as they once could.

To help alleviate potentially problems, MSI have included a small plastic installation tool to make inserting the socket processor a little easier, and foolproof.


Memory voltage can be adjusted to an outstanding 2. One can assume that the differences are in another plane — for example in their bundles That is why most will find layout of the P Neo2 nearly ideal. MSI, like Asus, pays close attention to board layout. According to Intel, Socket Pentium 4’s allocate 85 pins for power, for ground. The skeptics will say that Intel wanted to stem the flow of RMA’s from processors with broken pins, but if you do a little digging, the real reasons are somewhat more complicated.

The named speeds are a bit too cute for tastes at AnandTech, but Core Cell works to allow most anyone to overclock and improve performance.

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Most any user will find a lot to like in this board’s layout. Privacy policy and Terms of Use. Concerning the software, the emphasis is laid to free utilities e.

It’s in nel2 of the support for the newest standard of the on-board audio MSI apparently uses the Neo2 Platinum name a lot – to designate their top boards in any given family. Intel P chipset It’s a mainboard, which we cannot help calling a product for those who stick to moderateness in innovations: