MSI K9A Platinum Motherboard Review :: Conclusion

08-31-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

With the proposed merger of AMD and ATI, ATI chipsets is likely to become the dominant AMD motherboard chipset maker, supplanting NVIDIA. Their joint platform strategy may give future AMD chipsets an edge when compared to competing solutions. That's the future. ATI's brand is not going away, as some reports suggest might happen, and they will continue to work with NVIDIA, VIA and SIS with their open platform strategy.

Features on the K9A Platinum come just short of the 40 point maximum that is possible on our chart. Performance is right there among the best of the AMD AM2 platform so far. The retail bundle of the K9A Platinum is a bit of an unknown at the moment, as the product has not launched in the United States to retail as of yet. Once it does, we'll update the review to reflect the actual bundle.

What is clear is the MSI K9A Platinum is an excellent example of the Crossfire Xpress 3200 solutions. Performance is on a par with the NVIDIA SLI solutions and the ability to overclock is excellent on the board. The bottom line when choosing a high-end motherboard today is whether you want to use NVIDIA SLI or ATI Crossfire. Each solution has its own set of limitations and advantages. If you want to use multiple ATI cards, the only solution on the AMD platform is this one.