MSI is preparing some new motherboards based on the Intel P35 Express chipset. This includes the MSI P35 Platinum, MSI P35 Neo and the MSI P35 Neo Combo.
Here's a picture of the MSI P35 Platinum which features a kinda rollercoaster-like chipset and mosfet cooling system.
Leading MSI’s P35 Express lineup is the DDR3 packing P35 Diamond. This model features four DIMM slots with support for DDR3-1066/800 up to 8 GB. Users hesitant to adopt DDR3 memory so quickly can opt for the P35 Platinum, which features four DDR2 DIMM slots. MSI also has a hybrid version of the P35 Diamond and P35 Platinum, the P35 Platinum Combo.
MSI’s P35 Platinum Combo packs four DDR2 and two DDR3 DIMM slots. The flexibility of the P35 Platinum Combo allows users to have up to 8GB of DDR2-800/667 or 4GB of DDR3-1066/800 memory. As with most combo memory supporting motherboards, the P35 Platinum Combo will not function with both types of memory installed.
All three P35 Express powered motherboards have similar feature sets, despite the different memory configurations. MSI packs its high-end P35 Express motherboards with two physical PCIe x16 slots, one full-speed and the other x4 electrically. Two PCIe x1 and two PCI slots are also available for expansion.
New to the high-end P35 Express lineup is the integration of Realtek’s ALC888T high-definition audio codec. Realtek previously announced the ALC888T over a year ago. The integrated Realtek ALC888T allows users to connect standard house phones to PCs for VoIP services. The Realtek ALC888T also allows users to use VoIP services while the system is off. MSI currently supports SkyTel and Skype VoIP services with its ALC888T powered motherboards.
All three high-end P35 Express powered motherboards feature Intel’s ICH9R south bridge. The ICH9R powers four internal SATA 3.0Gbps and two e.SATA ports. MSI installs a secondary Marvell storage controller for one more SATA 3.0Gbps and one IDE port.