MSI Bearlake MBO's review
Author: Vedran Dakic
Date: 11 May 2007
Motherboards with Bearlake chipset should be the next pretty interesting thing "around the block". We've actually pretty swamped with another pile of Bearlake motherboards so expect more reviews very soon. In general, we're gonna skip the Bearlake explanation 'til we sort out the big confusion we have with some dates and deadlines but you can be sure that it won't be long before we do a nice long tech article about that as well. We just want to point out one very interesting future - Bearlake supports DDR2 and DDR3 memory, and some of the motherboards that should be out soon are DDR2/DDR3 combo. That's all for now, so let's see what these motherboards have to offer.
Two boards that happily walked in our Lab turned out to be MSI P35 Platinum and MSI P35 Neo. If you are brand-aware of MSI and their product names, then you surely know that MSI usually has three motherboard series, Neo, Platinum and Diamond, the last one being the most expensive and filled with additional features. Neo and Platinum are usually a bit more conservative on features but also on the price, which we never saw as a problem. MSI always had a pretty good way to cover all the MBO market segments so no complaints from us on that part.