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 MSI Announces K8N Diamond
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Message Text: Extravagant Features & Unsurpassed Performance Feel the Power of Nvidia nForce4 SLI chipset

MSI, the leading computer motherboard manufacturer and the top AMD platform solution provider, announced today the debut of it K8N Diamond motherboard. The MSI K8N Diamond motherboard not only supports Nvidia's outstanding SLI technology for extreme 3D performance, but is also the first one to integrate the most advanced controllers for outstanding connectivity, storage and high-definition audio.

The Nvidia SLI technology together with K8N Diamond surely deliver tremendous performance enhancement from parallel processing to dual graphics cards.

What makes the Diamond Edition motherboard so special? MSI's answer - The ultimate performance and rich features of the Diamond Edition motherboard make it simply irresistible in every way like the diamond.

Awesome overclocking has become MSI K8N Platinum series motherboard's tradition and the Diamond edition does not only surpass but excel on it! The MSI K8N Diamond adopts a 6-layer PCB design for maximum memory tolerance in overclocking.

K8N Diamond exclusively equips Creative 7.1 Channel High-Definition Audio with Dolby Digital EX certification. It provides cinematic audio experience with unmatched sound quality and realistic gaming sound effects. The Sound Blaster Live! 24Bit onboard audio features EAX advanced HD which is the latest gaming effect standard supported by the newest and hottest games ever! Check out Unreal Tournament 2004 and Call of Duty.

The wireless connectivity of K8N Diamond can support both 802.11b/g Wireless LAN and Bluetooth. Just imagine you are in a 'hot spot' friendly environment, and you can access your Centrino notebook, Bluetooth keyboard, mouse, PDA and mobile phone - all at the same time. Simply connect via the Dual-Net card on your K8N Diamond.

Installed with MSI Dual-Net card, user can save from the cost of physical access point and IP sharing device. Your PC system can be upgraded to a home server or digital entertainment media for the family. The Communication Slot is an optimized and extended version of the basic PCI specification to provide the ultimate interface for PCI network cards. MSI develops proprietary Dual-Net card exclusively for communication slot(s) which combines 802.11g wireless networking with Bluetooth technology. This add-on card with antenna offers convenient connection to most wireless devices.

For the communication slot, MSI has developed a new user interface called DigiCell which helps users' start-up the access point and gateway with just two clicks. Only two simple steps away from turning your MSI motherboard into a Digital Home Center!

While most motherboard manufacturers have selected SATA1 controller to accompany the nForce4 SATA2 RAID, MSI K8N Diamond has chosen SiliconImage SATA2 RAID controller for its best storage capability. The SATA2 interface supports data transfer rates up to 3GB/sec which is twice the speed of SATA1. The NVRAID 2.0 utility for nForce4 SATA2 RAID can also obtain unbeatable storage performance with SATA2 hard drives in the blink of an eye. Its scalability can configure the disk array across SATA and IDE hard drives to single RAID as well.

K8N Diamond provides dual gigabit Ethernet onboard for great connectivity. One of them is PCI Express LAN which supports tremendous 2.5Gb/s bandwidth, and the other one is Nvidia Active Armor technology, a hardware network firewall engine to protect intrusion from the internet. Compared to other software protection, the Active Armor reduces the CPU utilization by handling most of the steps in the inspection of network packets.

ActiveMOS2 is specially designed for the best thermal solution on power circuit. Based on the same concept of laptop computer, the heatpipe and copper heatsink with Nickel-coating can efficiently dissipate heat from PWM. The additional fan on the heatsink can take away the heat from extreme overclocking. But it's also a detachable device should you want to minimize unwanted noise since the exclusive reversed MOS design from ActiveMOS together with the heatpipe and copper heatsink can already handle moderate overclocking and intensive gaming.
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