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MSI X48 Platinum review

After a while on the market and some new DDR3 mobos, is the X48 Platinum still future proof?

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Our Verdict

Although this board offers an increase in performance for those who really need it, DDR2 is still much better value

For

  • DDR3
  • Core i7
  • Slight edge over DDR2

Against

  • Only a slight edge over DDR2

Most of the Core 2 range has fallen to the lure of DDR3, but they can still play just as nice with DDR2. With that in mind, we've looked at a 775 board for each RAM type, and the MSI X48 Platinum is the DDR3 representative.

The SiSoft Sandra memory bandwidth test handily illustrates that while AMD's platform doesn't quite have Core 2's raw punch, its onboard memory controller still provides an edge.

This DDR3 board has a small bandwidth lead over the DDR2 Foxconn P45AL, but other than that the scores are nigh-on level – proof that there's no need to upgrade to DDR3 unless you're throwing an i7 into the mix.

Its stature as a robust home for higher-end Core 2s is intact. Sadly, it's no longer future-proof.