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Digital-Daily : Motherboard Reviews : msi_p35_neo

MSI P35 Neo versus MSI P35 Neo Combo

MSI P35 Neo versus MSI P35 Neo Combo
Author: Aleksandr Mitrofanov
Date: 16.07.2007

Today, we are reviewing two motherboards built on the P35 chipset: MSI P35 Neo and MSI P35 Neo Combo. Both these products are aimed at middle-end systems but the retail price is rather high because of the chipset's novelty. In our view, the time for the P35 chipset has not yet come: it does not bring an essential expansion of functionality, nor provides a performance boost in combination with the DDR3 memory. As regards support for CPUs having the 1333 MHz bus, there is a lot of motherboards based on previous-generation chipsets which also officially support such processors.

MSI P35 Neo Combo
MSI P35 Neo
Chipset Intel P35 Chipset Intel P35
CPU LGA775 Pentium 4 FSB 1066/800/533 MHz
Celeron Prescott FSB 533 MHz
Dual-Core Pentium4
Core 2 Duo
HyperThreading
CPU LGA775 Pentium 4 FSB 1066/800/533 MHz
Celeron Prescott FSB 533 MHz
Dual-Core Pentium4
Core 2 Duo
HyperThreading
Memory DDR2 667/800
DDR3 800/1066
Memory DDR2 667/800
HDD 1x UltraDMA/133
5x SerialATA
HDD 1x UltraDMA/133
5x SerialATA
Additional 2 IEEE-1394a
Audio Intel HDA
12 USB 2.0
Gigabit Ethernet
Additional 2 IEEE-1394a
Audio Intel HDA
12 USB 2.0
Gigabit Ethernet
Price: n/a Price: $145-155

Specifications

MSI P35 Neo Combo

MSI P35 Neo Combo

MSI P35 Neo

MSI P35 Neo


MSI P35 Neo Combo MSI P35 Neo
CPU - Intel Pentium 4 (Prescott (2M) / Gallatin / CedarMill) with the bus speeds 1066/800/533 MHz;
- Dual-core Intel Pentium D / EE (Smithfield/Presler) with the bus speed 800/1066 MHz;
- Intel Celeron-D (Prescott) with the bus speed 533 MHz;
- Support for Intel Core 2 Duo (Kentsfield (4 cores), Conroe/Allendale (2 cores)) with the bus speed 800/1066/1333 MHz;
- Support for Intel Yorkfield, Wolfdale with the bus speeds 1333/1066/800 MHz;
- Socket LGA775;
- Support for HyperThreading processors;
Chipset - North bridge Intel P35 Memory Controller Hub (MCH);
- South bridge Intel ICH9 (Enhanced I/O Controller Hub);
- Interbridge link: DMI;
System memory - Two 240-pin slots for DDR2 SDRAM DIMM;
- Two 240-pin slots for DDR3 SDRAM DIMM;
- Maximum memory capacity 4 GB;
- Supported memory DDR2 667/800;
- Supported memory DDR3 800/1066;
- Dual-channel memory access;
- Four 240-pin slots for DDR2 SDRAM DIMM;
- Maximum memory capacity 8 GB;
- Supported memory DDR2 667/800;
- Dual-channel memory access;
Graphics - One PCI Express x16 slot;
Expansion options - Two 32-bit PCI Bus Master slots;
- Three PCI Express x1 slots;
- Twelve USB 2.0 slots ( 4 integrated + 8 additional );
- Two IEEE1394 (Firewire; one integrated + 1 additional);
- Integrated High Definition Audio 7.1;
- Gigabit Ethernet LAN controller;
Overclocking options - FSB adjustable within 200 to 500 MHz in 1 MHz increments; multiplier adjustable;
- Adjustable voltages on the CPU, memory, PCI-E, and the chipset (nb + sb);.
Disk subsystem - 1 UltraDMA133/100/66/33 Bus Master IDE link (Marvell 88SE6111; with support for up to 2 ATAPI-devices);
- Support for SerialATA II (4 links - ICH9);
- Support for SerialATA II (1 link - Marvell 88SE6111);
- Support for LS-120 / ZIP / ATAPI CD-ROM;
BIOS - 4Mbit Flash ROM;
- AMI BIOS with support for Enhanced ACPI, DMI, Green, PnP Features;
Miscellaneous - One port for FDD, one serial port, ports for PS/2 mouse and keyboard;
- STR (Suspend to RAM) ;
- SPDIF Out;
Power management - Wake-up on modem, mouse, keyboard, LAN, timer, and USB;
- Main 24-pin ATX power connector;
- Additional 4-pin power connector;
Monitoring - Monitoring the temperature of the processor, system, voltages, rotational speeds of the three fans
- Smart Fan
Dimensions - ATX form factor, 220mm x 305mm (8.65" x 12");

Retail boxes

The package bundles of both motherboards is absolutely identical

  • Motherboard;
  • User's Manual in English + Quick Setup Manual;
  • 1x software & drivers CD;
  • One ATA-133 cable;
  • 1x SerialATA cable + a power supply adapter (1 connector);
  • 1x cap for the rear panel of the housing;

and contains only the items most needed for assembly.

Content:

  • Page 1 - Specifications, package bundle
  • Page 2 - Layout and Features; Expansion options
  • Page 3 - BIOS, monitoring, overclocking tools
  • Page 4 - Performance and conclusions




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