MSI P45 Platinum Motherboard Review :: MSI P45 Platinum Bundle

07-20-2008 · Category: Motherboards

By Ben Sun
  • M-Connectors
  • IEEE1394 and USB 2.0 Bracket
  • Four SATA Data cables
  • 2 SATA Power cables
  • Crossfire bridge
  • IDE Cable
  • FDD Cable
  • IO Shield
  • MSI Vista Driver CD
  • MSI XP Driver CD

MSI has an outstanding bundle for their new motherboard. The inclusion of two Driver CDs is interesting in that they have a Driver CD for Windows Vista and one for Windows XP with completely different files on each. They also include HDD Backup CD software from EFINITY. The extra software on the driver CD includes MSI Live Update and MSI Core Center.

MSI P45 Platinum Motherboard Review Rear of Box

Rear of Box

MSI P45 Platinum Motherboard Review Box front

Box front

MSI P45 Platinum Motherboard Review Box open

Box open

MSI P45 Platinum Motherboard Review Bundle


MSI includes four SATA Data cables and 2 SATA Power cables in their bundle. This is enough to have a RAID array of four SATA drives in either Stripe or Mirror mode from the included accessories. The IO Shield is color-coded and everything is clearly labeled so installation should not be a problem on the various devices even for the most inexperienced motherboard user.

M-Connectors are extenders for the Front Panel IO connections. Plug the Power and Reset connectors into the M-Connector and push the M-Connector into the motherboard. Itís the same concept as the ASUS Q-Connector, but ASUS does it with one module instead of four pin modules like the MSI board has. I prefer the four modules, as itís easier to plug them in one at a time and remove the connector wires if you need to.