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MSI X48 is a good step forward

Index




Features:
Intel X48/iCH9R
8-phase VRM
VIA VT6308P
Realtek ALC888
Realtek 8111B PCIe network MAC
Intel 82566 PCIe network PHY
Marvell 88SE6111 SATA II RAID 0,1/IDE controller
Silicon Image SIL5723 SATA II RAID 0,1  controller
Fintec F71882FG Super I/O controller
ICS9LPRS910BKL clock generator
IDT 89HPES16T7ZBH PCIe switch chip
passive cooling of chipsets/VRM
8Mb BIOS, version 2.2


Slots:
2x PCIe 2.0 x16
2x PCIe x16@x4
2x PCIe x1
1x PCI


Memory:
2x Dual-Channel DDR3-slots for PC2-8500U memory up to 8GB


Storage:
4-Port SATA II featuring RAID 0, 1, 5, 0+1, JBOD (via ICH9R)
1-Port IDE (via Marvell)
2-Port SATA II featuring RAID 0, 1 (via Sil)
2-Port eSATA II (via ICH9R)


Backpanel ports:
1x PS/2 keyboard
2x eSATA II
1x Gb LAN
1x Firewire
6x USB 2.0
1x CMOS-clear button
7.1 analog output
1x SP/DIF digital out
1x SP/DIF coaxial out


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Accessories:
1x 2-port USB 2.0 & 1-port Firewire bracket
6x SATA cable with clips
1x HDD-power to 2x SATA power cable
1x HDD-power to 1x SATA power cable
1x Floppy cable
1x IDE cable
1x MSI M-connector pack


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BIOS features:
Bus Speeds: Auto, 200MHz to 800MHz in 1MHz increments
Memory Ratios: Auto, fixed ratios: 1:1, 1:1.2, 1:1.25, 1.50, 1.60, 1.66, 1:2 depending on FSB/strap
FSB Strap: hidden, linked with Memory Ratio, 200MHz, 266MHz, 333MHz, 400MHz
DRAM command rate: Auto, 1T, 2T
DRAM timing control: Auto, manual
PCIe Frequency: Auto, 100 to 200 MHz in 1MHz increments
CPU Clock Multiplier: Auto, manual
Core 2 Duo: 6x-11x in 0.5x increments - Core-2 Duo, downwards unlocked
Core 2 Extreme: 6x-16X, downwards unlocked
CPU Voltage: auto, 1.1500V to 1.9500V in 0.0125V increments
DRAM Voltage: auto, 1.50V to 2.75V in 0.04V increments
FSB Termination: auto, 1.20V to 1.44 in various increments
Northbridge Voltage: auto, 1.25V to 1.83V in various increments


Testbed:

Motherboard:
MSI X48 Platinum (provided by MSI)
Intel X48/iCH9R

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400

CPU-Cooler:
Scythe Andy Samurai Master (provided by Scythe-Europe)

Memory:
Patriot 2GB Kit PC3-10666U PDC32G1333LLK (provided by Patriot)
CL7-7-7-20-CR2T @1066MHz 1.50V
Kingston 2GB Kit PC3-14400U KHX14400D3K2/2G (provided by Kingston)
CL7-7-7-20 CR2T @1600MHz+ 1.90V

Graphics Card:
Jetway Radeon HD3870 (provided by mec-electronics)

Power supply:
Seasonic S12-II 500W

Hard disk:
Western Digital WD4000KD (provided by Ditech)

Case fans:
SilenX iXtrema Pro 14dB(A) (provided by PC-Cooling.at)
Scythe DFS122512LS

Case:
Cooler Master Stacker 831 Lite (provided by Cooler Master)



Last modified on 26 May 2008
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