Write a comment below. Well, in our case the third heat sink expectedly covers empty PCB. The mentioned BIOS parameters are available in this version, but the viability of non-standard settings hasn’t been tested. So it’s much more convenient to plug thin wires with small connectors and you don’t have to scrutinize designations on motherboard headers trying to stick your head in your PC case, because only experienced reviewers remember pinouts by heart. The motherboard uses an unusual switching voltage regulator for a CPU: To make up for the bulky solution, these stubs are equipped with LEDs that indicate the current memory type and help diagnose startup problems if they don’t light up, you have a problem. Moreover, when we plugged a DVD drive to the interface without connecting a power cable, it froze the system at the stage of device initialization it may bring inexperienced users to stupor.
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Besides, MSI engineers borrowed a very good idea from Shuttle: Another advantage of this PCB layout for many users is three PCI slots accessible even if you install a very thick graphics card.
X48f Bridge Trying out the new method.
On the whole, Xbased motherboards won’t have a serious impact on the market: Having examined all strange elements of the motherboard, let’s return to the “normal” issues.
Time will show whether users need this solution.
BIOS Setup will allow to choose one of performance profiles and adjust its parameters, when necessary. Support for two memory types is a rare feature for this class of motherboards, so MSI X48C Platinum definitely stands out here. Besides, the new motherboard allows to use DDR3 mssi in their native modes. 4x8c the way, the cooling system of the chipset does a great job, so heat sinks on chipset bridges are barely warm.
Besides it can boast of a cunning algorithm for supplying memory voltage—it recalculates the last voltage specified in BIOS Setup for the current memory type. Well, in our case the third heat sink expectedly covers empty PCB. Unfortunately, Dual Core Center failed to work with this motherboard—probably a newer version of this utility is required.
mi Moreover, there have appeared some problems with the layout of elements: We haven’t tested memory modules x4c XMP so far, even though the X48 chipset was the first to offer such support.
On the other hand, all HDD connectors lie on their sides, so even the longest expansion card won’t block them. It’s hard to determine the reason of such differences in Marvell 88SE operations in different motherboards; we can only hope that BIOS updates will fix the problem.
MSI X48C Platinum, LGA775 Socket, Intel Motherboard
By the way, one of the arguments for using older chipsets is their support for DDR2 memory. Similar changes will be made to all desktop chipsets from Intel, the series will be renamed from 3x to 4x. According to the documentation, the motherboard should be equipped with power and reset buttons they were not installed in our samplewhich may be a nice addon for some users. Like many manufacturers, MSI has announced its motherboards on the Intel X48 chipset prior to the official mzi of the latter.
Specification for X48C Platinum | Motherboard – The world leader in motherboard design | MSI Global
Nevertheless, this very motherboard is a good choice: Besides, MSI uses ferrite chokes instead of ms chokes, so they consume less power and remain cooler. This rear panel also places four USB ports in a separate group. These cards can be flipped to fit a slot type. It’s difficult to take into account all pros and cons of this approach perhaps, it has more pros than consbut it’s certainly an unusual situation.
It’s a strange situation, because the motherboard does not have additional elements that require such cooling according to its specifications. Judging by photos on the MSI web site, PCB layout of the retail product will remain the same however, the third heat sink and its heat pipe will be removed.
Besides, it solved almost all problems with its dimensions.
iXBT Labs – MSI X48C Platinum Motherboard on Intel X48 Chipset
We can only say that the product implements this hybrid technology on a good level. Indeed, many computer enthusiasts, who d48c an upgrade with the launch of faster processors, are not willing to change their expensive memory kits for overclockers. Instead, a user has to use MSI utilities, which automatically download necessary updates from the web site.