MSI Desktop Motherboard - nVIDIA nForce3 Ultra Chipset - K8N NEO2 PLATINUM

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Great MOBO!!!!

on 1/21/2005

I just built a fantastic PC based on this motherboard and an AM 64 3500+. The board is terrific, very easy to work on. The addition of built in SATA RAID support is a very good feature but poorly documented. I set-up a RAID 0+1 and had to look at MSI and NVIDIA websites to get information on RAID configuration and still had unanswered questions. The performace and features of this board make it an excellent overall value!

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Product Overview

The K8N Neo2 Platinum mainboard is based on nVIDIA nForce3 Ultra chipset for optimal system efficiency. Designed to fit the advanced AMD K8 Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 processor, the K8N Neo2 Platinum mainboard delivers a high performance and professional desktop platform solution.

Specifications

Manufacturer MSI Computer
Mfg Part# K8N NEO2 PLATINUM
SKU 10378615
UPC 816909006148
UPC 14 00816909006148
Features
Audio Channels 7.1
S/PDIF Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 4
Product Type Desktop Motherboard
Manufacturer Part Number K8N NEO2-PLATINUM
Manufacturer MSI
Product Model K8N NEO2-Platinum
Product Name K8N NEO2-Platinum Desktop Motherboard
Package Type Retail
Brand Name MSI
Number of Total Expansion Slots 6
Maximum Memory 4 GB
Memory Technology DDR SDRAM
Number of Memory Slots 4
Memory Speed Supported 400 MHz / 333 MHz / 266 MHz
Package Contents K8N NEO2-PLATINUM Desktop BoardPower CableUser's GuideTest ReportMSI Driver/Utility CDRound Cable of IDE DevicesBack IO ShieldRound Cable of Floppy DiskQuick Guide
Gigabit Ethernet Yes
Width 12"
Depth 9.6"
Processor Supported Athlon 64 / Athlon 64 FX
Total Processor Supported 1
Processor Socket Socket PGA-939
Chipset Manufacturer NVIDIA
Chipset Model nForce3 Ultra
Limited Warranty 3 Year
Controller Type Floppy Controller / Serial ATA/150 / Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7)
Number of SATA Interfaces 4
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports 2
Tech Specs
Sound Controller Manufacturer Realtek
Sound Controller Model ALC850
Audio Channels 7.1
Internal Interfaces 1 x Audio Header / 1 x HDD LED / 1 x Power LED / 1 x On/Off Switch / 1 x Reset Switch / 2 x USB Header
Additional Ports 4 x Fan Header - 3-pin, 2 for System fan, 1 each for CPU and Northbridge fan / 1 x ATX Power - 4-pin / 1 x ATX Power - 20-pin / 1 x Power LED / 1 x Audio Header / 1 x IrDA Header / 1 x CD-in / 2 x FireWire Header
Back Panel Interfaces 2 x mini-DIN / 4 x Type A USB 2.0 USB / 1 x DB-9 RS-232C Serial / 1 x Toslink S/PDIF Out / 1 x S/PDIF Out / 1 x DB-25 IEEE 1284 Parallel / 2 x RJ-45 Network / 1 x Mini-phone Microphone / 1 x IEEE 1394 FireWire / 3 x Mini-phone Audio Line Out / 1 x Mini-phone Audio Line In
Jumpers Clear CMOS Jumper (JBAT1)
Number of IDE Interfaces 2
Number of SATA Interfaces 4
Temperature Up to 140°F (60°C) Storage
Product Type Desktop Motherboard
Manufacturer Part Number K8N NEO2-PLATINUM
Manufacturer Website Address www.msicomputer.com
Packaged Quantity 1
Manufacturer Micro-Star International Co., Ltd
Product Name K8N NEO2-Platinum Desktop Motherboard
Package Type Retail
Brand Name MSI
Packing Box
Expansion Slots 1 x AGP 8x / 5 x PCI
Maximum Memory 4 GB
Memory Technology DDR SDRAM
Memory Standard DDR400/PC3200 / DDR333/PC2700 / DDR266/PC2100
Number of Memory Slots 4
Additional Information Fuzzy Logic PC Alert DOT nVidia Firewall Live Update 3: The Live Update 3 is a tool used to detect and update your BIOS/ drivers/VGA BIOS/VGA Driver/OSD/Utility online so that you don't need to search for the correct BIOS/driver version throughout the whole Web site. Core Center: You can take advantage of Core Center to monitor the health status of your system and to overclock under Windows OS if your system supports overclocking function. DigiCell: DigiCell helps users to monitor and configure all the integrated peripherals of the system, such as audio program, power management, MP3 files management and communication / 802.11g WLAN settings. nVIDIA nForce3 Ultra Chipset: HyperTransport link to the AMD Athlon 64/Athlon 64 FX CPU HyperTransport supporting speed up to 1GHz (2000MT/s) AGP3.0 8X interface at 533MT/s (million transfers per second) Two independent SATA controllers, for four drives IEEE 802.3 NVIDIA MAC for 1000BASE-T Dual Fast ATA-133 IDE controllers Main Memory: Due to the High Performance Memory design, motherboards or system configurations may or may not operate smoothly at the JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) standard settings (BIOS Default on the motherboard) such as DDR voltage, memory speeds and memory timing. NV RAID (Software): Support up to 4 SATA & 4 ATA133 Hard drives: RAID 0 or 1, 0+1, JBOD is supported RAID function work with ATA133 and SATA Hard disk RealTek ALC850: Compliance with AC97 v2.3 Spec Meet PC2001 audio performance requirement Mounting: 6 mounting holes
Package Contents K8N NEO2-PLATINUM Desktop Board Power Cable User's Guide Test Report MSI Driver/Utility CD Round Cable of IDE Devices Back IO Shield Round Cable of Floppy Disk Quick Guide
BIOS Award - Plug and Play
Certifications & Standards FCC Class B, Part 15
Hardware Monitoring Current System/CPU Temperature Monitoring NB Fan/CPU Fan Speed Monitoring
Management DMI ACPI Wake On LAN Wake on Mouse Wake on Keyboard
Gigabit Ethernet Yes
Dimensions 12" Width x 9.65" Depth
Power Supply Support ATX12V
Voltage Requirements 12 V DC
Processor Support Athlon 64 / Athlon 64 FX
Total Processor Support 1
Processor Socket Socket PGA-939
Processor Technology HyperTransport Technology
Chipset Manufacturer nVIDIA
Chipset Model nForce3 Ultra
Parts Warranty/Labor 3 Year Part / 2 Year Labor
Standard Warranty 3 Year Limited
IDE Controller Yes
IDE Standard Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7)
Floppy Controller Yes
SATA Controller Yes
SATA Standard Serial ATA/150
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