HOT!!! MSI K9 Motherboard Series ? The First Motherboards for AMD AM2 Socket!
Author: Vedran Dakic
Date: 21 Apr 2006

MSI, the leading mainboard manufacturer, is introducing cutting-edge technology on its latest motherboards for AMD AM2 CPU. All the MSI K9 Series are equipped with passive CPU and north bridge cooler. This allows you to enjoy the speed and performance with zero-noise produced by the motherboard even during the most power-requiring processes. MSI introduces five different configurations. Further, MSI is going to extend the product line to 9 different configurations by the middle of the May.
The MSI K9N SLI Platinum:
? NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP chipset
? Supports Socket AM2, 64bit Athlon 64 and Athlon FX processors
? 2 PCI-E x16 slots for SLI
? Hyper Transport support speed up to 2GHz
? 4 DIMMs DDRII 533/667/800 up to 8GB
? Dual LAN 10/100/1000 and FireWire
? 8-channel High Definition Audio
? Supports 6 SATAII, storage and data transfer up to 3.0GB/sec
? SATA 1~6 suports RAID 0/1/0+1,5
? 2 PCI-E x16, 2 PCI-E x1, 3 PCI slots
? 10x USB 2.0, 2x IEEE1394
? Dual CoreCell with D.O.T. Express
? 1 MSI communication slot
? Silent Heatsink
MSI is also introducing a version with the same specifications for more price-sensitive market: MSI K9N SLI. MSI K9N SLI is not equipped with FireWire, 4 SATAII and not support Raid 5.

The MSI K9N Platinum:
? NVIDIA nForce 570 MCP chipset
? Supports Socket AM2, 64bit Athlon 64, Athlon X2 and Athlon FX processors
? Hyper Transport support speed up to 2 GHz
? 4 DIMMs DDRII 533/667/800 up to 8GB
? Dual LAN 10/100/1000 and Firewire
? 8-channel High Definition Audio
? Supports 6 SATAII, storage and data transfer up to 3.0GB/sec
? SATA 1~6 suports RAID 0/1/0+1, 5
? 1 PCI-E x16, 2 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E Lite, 3 PCI slots
? 10x USB 2.0, 2x IEEE1394
? Dual CoreCell with D.O.T. Express
? 1 MSI communication slot
? Silent Heatsink
MSI is also introducing a version with the same specifications for more price-sensitive market: MSI K9N Ultra. MSI K9N Ultra is not equipped with FireWire, 4 SATAII and does not support Raid 5.

The MSI K9N Neo:
? NVIDIA nForce 550 chipset
? Supports Socket AM2, 64bit AMD Sempron, Athlon 64 and Athlon 64x2 processors
? Hyper Transport support speed up to 2 GHz
? 4 DIMMs DDRII 533/667/800 up to 8GB
? Dual LAN 10/100/1000
? 8-channel High Definition Audio
? Supports 4 SATAII, storage and data transfer up to 3.0GB/sec
? SATA 1~4 supports RAID 0/1/0+1
? 1 PCI-E x16, 2 PCI-E x1, 3 PCI slots
? 1 MSI communication slot

PCI-Express Lite Slot
Is a special design for PCI-Express interface. It allows extending the motherboard to the second PCI-E x16 graphics card on the motherboards based on chipsets, like NVIDIA nForce 570 and NVIDIA nForce 550, that do not support SLI but Dual VGA output.

New Generation Dual CoreCell Software Design
MSI is introducing new generation Dual CoreCell software design with MSI K9 Series. The latest features of the new Dual CoreCell are:
? Key components status hardware monitoring
? Dual Core CPU each unit status monitoring
? D.O.T. Technology up to 12% improvement
? Online BIOS/Driver Update Automatically
? System status define optimization
? Adjusting & monitoring with Dual CoreCenter on windows system
? Auto speed up with system loading change
? 5 environment mode and 3 user define mode
? Combine with VGA CoreCell 3D, totally called Dual CoreCell

Of course, we have some nice addons that you probably won't find on other sites around the net. We took a couple of pictures of the working system with K9N Platinum board (worked like a charm!). You can click on the thumbnails below to see larger pictures: