MSI mobo lineup gains G965, Q965 boards

— 12:09 PM on August 30, 2006

Motherboards based on Intel's P965 Express chipset have been receiving the bulk of our attention, but the Intel 965 core logic family includes other chipsets. MSI has now bolstered its lineup of Core 2 Duo-compatible motherboards with new offerings based on Intel's G965 Express and Q965 Express core logic. MSI's new introductions include the G965M and Q965M motherboards; the former features integrated Intel GMA X3000 graphics, while the latter has no onboard graphics and instead sports a Q965 chipset intended for business machines. Features are otherwise identical and include PCI Express x16 and x1 slots, four Serial ATA ports (although the board shot shows six,) Gigabit Ethernet, and a microATX form factor.

MSI is also launching G965MDH and Q965MDO motherboards. Those boards appear similar to the G965M and Q965M, respectively, except for mentions in their feature list of Matrix RAID capabilities, Intel PRO Gigabit Ethernet, and support for Intel's Viiv or VPro platforms. Last, but not least, BTX fans will be served by the G965PBDH, which uses the picoBTX form factor and will support Intel Viiv systems.

As a side note, those of you who enjoy strange and ultimately hilarious Taiwanese marketing campaigns will also appreciate MSI's latest efforts in that department.

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