Our Chinese Freelancer friend Windwithme shares his first hand-on experience with the upcoming socket AM2 socket from AMD, the NDA is set for 23rd this month (if that date doesn’t change, again), so while he isn’t allowed to share final benchmark numbers yet, he does have some teaser shots from the upcoming SLI motherboard from MSI, which is based on the nVidia 5xx series Chipset.
Introducing the first AMD AM2 board from MSI, the K9N SLI Platinum sees the light of day. AMD K8 has maintained its lead in CPU performance in the past two years from the single channel S754 followed by the dual channel S939, and now AMD is beginning to fill the market with yet another new socket in the second quarter of 2006. 940-pin Socket AM2
. From the low price market leader Sempron to the high end FX series they all utilize DDR2 and AMD establishes pricing coverage for all levels of user, from low- to high-end.
The main subject of this preview is the MSI K9N SLI Platinum which differs from the original engineering sample in several areas;Sufficient separation between the two PCIe
Provision for 3 PCI expansion slots
Dual Gigabit NIC connections
7.1 Channel Audio
6 SATAII provide RAID 0,1,0+1
6 USB 2.0
CMOS clear/reset PIN
Two pairs of DDRII memory slots
Standard IDE & 24-pin main power cable
MOSFETS passive heatsink is an improvement over the S939/754, in the near future we will find out its practical application/performance.