The motherboard supports real-time 7.1 channel encoding and can simulate 7.1 sound from two-channel sources such as MP3 files. It also has four 3Gbps Serial ATA connectors, Intel Matrix RAID support for RAID 0, 1, 0+1 and JBOD, external SATA connector, FireWire and ten USB 2.0 ports.
For performance chasers, MSI said the board provides auto-overclocking, dynamically upping the clock by up to 115 per cent, depending on system load. The board's third-generation DOT Express Technology also dynamically overclocks the memory, PCI-E and FSB clocks, yielding performance gains of up to 15 per cent within safety limits, MSI said. The 945P PD also incorporates a SafeBIOS feature to recover BIOS settings after a system crash or failed start-up.More info at The Register