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MSI X48 Platinum Intel X48 Express Motherboard Review

MSI X48 Platinum Intel X48 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: In this review PCSTATS is pleased to be testing out MSI's flagship Intel X48 Express motherboard, the aptly named MSI X48 Platinum.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Nov 10 2008   Max Page  
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Motherboard Benchmarks: Super Pi & Conclusions

Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS Source: SuperPI

SuperPI calculates the number PI to 1 Million digits in this raw number crunching benchmark. The program allows the user to change the number of digits of PI that can be calculated from 16 thousand to 32 million. Our benchmark is set to 1 Million digits and 19 iterations.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSuper Pi Mod 1.5 XS
8 Million Digits: Points Ranking
Asus P5NT Deluxe (NF 780i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 237
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 249
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 Onboard GF 7150) 262
MSI X48 Platinum (X48 333/1333) 231
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 230
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 333/800 DDR2) 227
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 333/1333 DDR3) 230
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 226
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 226
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 236
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/800 DDR2) 230
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/1333 DDR3) 233
16 Million Digits: Points Ranking
MSI X48 Platinum (X48 333/1333) 504
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/800 DDR2) 517
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/1333 DDR3) 517

Super Pi shows the MSI X48 Platinum again being right in the middle when it comes to pure number crunching.

When it comes to fast, Intel delivers!

Intel's X48 Express is the final chipset for the socket 775 line of processors. It's not radically different from the X38, P35 or P45 chipsets that have come before it, but it does gives support for PCI Express 2.0 and official support for 1600 MHz memory and FSB speeds.

As we've seen today, MSI's X48 Platinum motherboard has a lot of high end features for a significantly discounted price - we've found it for as low as $270 CDN ($250 USD, $130 GBP). The four physical PCI Express x16 slots, dual Gigabit lan, dual disk controllers with RAID 0/1/5/10 and JBOD support are all features that you only find on premium motherboards, the kind you'd expect to cost $350 and above.

The MSI X48 Platinum is very a user friendly motherboard, we particularly liked the four digit POST display, extra clearance for PCI Express cards in Crossfire and even the widely spaced USB I/O panel. Just another indication of MSI's attention to enthusiast demands. The on-board power, reset and clear CMOS buttons also make this board very enthusiast-friendly too.

Overclockers might want to watch out though, MSI's X48 Platinum motherboard has plenty of voltage, memory timing and divider ratio options for overclocking. The E6750 CPU used in our tests only reached 475 MHz FSB, and while this is certainly a respectable boost in performance and operating frequency, the Foxconn DigitalLife X38A was able to reach speeds up to 555 MHz FSB, and remains our recommendation for socket 775 overclockers.

The MSI X48 Platinum's performance was above average in our benchmarking tests, showing good 3D performance and excelling in benchmarks that could take advantage of its higher-frequency DDR3 memory. DDR3 memory is still relatively expensive compared to older DDR2 modules, so make sure to factor that into your spending before you decide to take the plunge.

MSI'S X48 Platinum is a motherboard that gives several exotic features at prices that the mainstream can afford. It's not quite as fast as the extreme offerings from Asus, and it doesn't overclock quite as well as Foxconn's X38 offerings, but its great expansion capabilities and native support for faster DDR3 memory make it a good choice for enthusiasts who are looking for a new home for their favourite Intel Core 2 Duo/Extreme processor!

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Contents of Article: MSI X48 Platinum
 Pg 1.  MSI X48 Platinum Intel X48 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Intel X48 Express - Performance Tuned
 Pg 3.  Motherboard Highlights Photo Gallery
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the MSI X48 Platinum
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark06, Quake 4, FEAR
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007 Preview
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 9.  — Motherboard Benchmarks: Super Pi & Conclusions

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