Intel P965 Shoot-Out: Asus P5B-E vs. MSI P965 Platinum

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MSI P965 Platinum: Specifications



MSI P965 Platinum Box Front
MSI P965 Platinum

Micro Star International (MSI), one of the more prominent motherboard manufacturers, formally launched their P965 series of motherboards based on the Intel P965 Express Chipset at Computex Taipei 2006. These motherboards are featured with all functions of the new generation Intel platform, and fully support the Core 2 Duo processor. The P965 Platinum, in particular, was one of the first P965 boards to support ATI CrossFire, which uses two discrete ATI Radeon graphic cards to optimize video performance.  The MSI P965 Platinum supports CPUs with FSB up to 1066 MHz, EIST and Intel Hyper-Threading technologies, PCI Express x 16 graphics interface and dual channel DDRII 533,667, 800 memory up to 8GB (DDR II 533,667) and 4GB (DDRII 800). The MSI P965 Platinum also supports Six (6) SATAII ports by ICH8R up to 300MB/sec transfer, 7.1 HD audio, PCI-E Gigabit LAN, IEEE 1394 and offers plenty of expansion opportunities.  In observance of environmentally friendly practices and awareness, all the components of P965 series motherboards are RoHS compliant, including the manufacturing process. The P965 series motherboards are made with high quality components only and will not cause environmental pollution after disposal.

Box Back    Core 2 Duo   Dual Core Cell

MSI P965 Platinum Specifications
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  • Supports Socket 775 for Intel Core2 Extreme, Core2 Duo, Pentium 4 (Prescott, P4EE), Pentium D, Pentium XE/Celeron D processors in LGA 775 package
  • Supports Intel 05B/05A and 04B/04A processors
  • Supports EIST techonology
  • Supports Intel Hyper-Threading (HT) Technology
  • Supports Intel Dual Core Technology to 1066MHz and up

Intel P965 Chipset

  • Support Dual channel DDR2 533/667/800 memory interface up to 8GB (with DDR2 800, memory only up to 4GB)
  • Support Dual PCI Express 16X interface with either 1x16 or 1x4 operation.
  • Supports PCI Express x 16 graphics interface.

Intel ICH8R Chipset

  • Integrated Hi-Speed USB 2.0 controller, 480Mb/sec, 8 ports
  • 6 Serial ATAII ports w/ transfer rate up to 3Gb/s and support RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10
  • PCI Master v 2.3, I/O ACPI 2.0 Compliant
  • Integrated AHCI controller

Front Side Bus

  • 1333/1066/800/533 MHz


  • Supports 4 unbuffered DIMM of 1.8 Volt DDR2 SDRAM
  • Supports up to 8GB memory size (with DDR2 800, memory only up to 4GB)
  • Support Dual Channel DDR2 533/677/800MHz and up

Expansion Slots

  • Two PCI Express 16x slots with 1x16 and 1x4 (yellow one) operations (PCI Express Bus SPEC V1.0a compliant)
  • 2 x PCI Express 1x slot
  • 2 x PCI 2.3 32-bit Master PCI Bus slots. (support 3.3v/5v PCI bus interface)


  • High Definition link controller integrated in Intel ICH8R chip
  • Audio codec Realtek 883
  • Compliance with Azalia 1.0 spec
  • Flexible 8 Ch. audio with jack sensing

One Ultra DMA IDE Controller in JMicron JMB361

  • Supports PIO, Bus Master operation modes
  • Can connect up to 2 Ultra ATA 133 drives

Serial ATAII controller integrated in ICH8R and JMicron JMB361

  • Up to 300MB/s transfer speed
  • Can connect up to 7 Serial ATA II drives (6 drives from ICH8R, 1 drive from JMB361)
  • Supports ACHI controller with SATAII RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 (ICH8R)
  • Supports SATAII hot plug

Realtek RTL8111B PCI-Express Gb LAN Controller

  • Supports 10/100/1000 Mb/s.
  • PCI-Express interface
  • Supports ACPI Power Management

IEEE 1394
VIA 6308P chipset

  • Supports up to two 1394 ports (Rear panel x1, front x2)
  • Transfer rate is up to 400Mbps

Back Panel I/O Ports

  • 1 x Coaxi al S/PDIF Output
  • 1 x Parallel Port
  • 1 x Serial Port (COM1)
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard port
  • 1 x PS/2 Mouse port
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45) ports
  • 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 1 x IEEE 1394 port
  • 6 x Audio ports

Internal I/O Connectors

  • ATX 24-Pin power connector
  • 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • CPU / System / Power / NB FAN connectors
  • 1 x CD-in connector
  • Clear CMOS jumper
  • Chassis intrusion switch connector
  • IrDA infrared module header
  • Serial port connector
  • Front panel audio connector
  • Front panel connector
  • 3 x USB 2.0 connector support additional 6 ports
  • 1 x Floppy disk drive connector
  • 7 x Serial ATAII connectors
  • 1 x ATA133 connector
  • 1 x IEEE1394 connector support additional 1 port
  • 1 x D-Bracket 2 pinheader


  • 4 x SATA cables
  • 2 x SATA power cable
  • 1 x 2-port IEEE1394a module
  • 1 x IDE cable (rounded)
  • 1 x FDD cable (rounded)
  • 1 x I/O Shield
  • 1 x D-Bracket 2 
  • Driver/Utilities CD
  • User's manual
  • Quick Installation Guide


  • Drivers
  • MSI DigiCell
  • MSI Dual Core Center
  • MSI Live Update

Form Factor

  • ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.65"(30.5cm x 24.5cm)

Special Features

MSI DigiCell

  • Extend mainboard network function
  • Support onboard audio
  • Support MEGA Stick MP3 player settings

MSI Dual Core Center

  • Key components status hardware monitor
  • Monitor the Dual Core CPU each unit status
  • D.O.T. Technology up to 12% improvement
  • Optimize System status define
  • Auto speed up with system loading change
  • 5 environment modes and 3 user defined modes

MSI Live Update

  • End-users only have to connect to the download center to receive files automatically

 MSI Dual Core Cell 

  • Integrates and optimizes multiple internal circuits
  • Reduces the signal noise dramatically
  • Delivers perfect and precise data transmission
  • Automatically adjust the fan speed to maintain the system cooling vs. noise level

Data Cables    Brackets and I/O Shield   Media

MSI's bundle included mostly standard stuff, including four SATA2 data cables, rounded IDE and floppy cables, two SATA2 power cables, and the I/O shield.  One bracket provided in the bundle is used for both standard and mini-port FireWire connections.  In typical MSI fashion, an additional bracket with two USB ports and a set of diagnostic LEDs is also included.  A Quick Installation Guide, User's manual, registration form and driver CD round out the bundle.  The user manual is well done, providing adequate information regarding the motherboard components, BIOS settings, and installation options, including setting up RAID and using the JMicron controller.

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