"That doesn't mean the MSI and Gigabyte boards are devoid of techie
goodness though - each offers a solid collection of storage and expansion
features. eSATA, Firewire and at least six USB 2.0 ports are standard on
both motherboards so your connectivity options are already well laid out.
Both the MSI and Gigabyte P45 motherboards support at least six SATA
channels courtesy of Intel's ICH10R south bridge and support RAID 0, 1, 10
and even RAID 5. The MSI Platinum motherboard does offer a couple
additional SATA ports though giving it a slight leg up in terms of storage