Micro Star International, one of the most important names in motherboard manufacturing, has unveiled in December 2007 two new products based on NVIDIA's latest desktop chipset, the nForce 780i SLI. The P7N Diamond and P7N Platinum mainboards featured some of the latest in manufacturing technology, as for example Japanese solid aluminum capacitors, POSC ( Polymerized Organic Semiconductor Capacitor), 45nm manufacturing process, thus offering the highest quality available for such a component.
The P7N Diamond PCB (Printed Circuit Board) features a decent layout with bright colored connectors, meant to ease the job of system builders or end-users. The first component that draws the attention is MSI's heat pipe thermal solution, dubbed Circuit-Pipe, which at a closer look resembles a small-scale roller coaster. Circuit-Pipe technology is supposed to maintain the temperature of the on-board chipset at 20 degrees Celsius below the otherwise normal level, thus allowing for an improvement in performance and overclocking features.
The NVIDIA chipset is the first of the two chipsets that allows for a 3-way SLI configuration, improving the way in which users will get to enjoy their extreme gaming experience. The P7N Diamond features 4 PCI Express slots, with two blue ones running in full x16 mode and the yellow one running in x8 mode. The additional PCI E slot can be used for a physics card, which will further increase the way you will enjoy the latest releases in desktop PC gaming.
Storage access is available through the 6 x SATA on-board connectors that support RAID configuration enabled by the SouthBridge NVIDIA nForce 570i SLI chipset. Memory can go as high as 8 GB on the four different colored dual channel supporting memory DIMMs, which is sufficient for any home-use desktop computer system.
The board retails online for the approximate price tag of $270, which also includes an extra-perk, namely the bundled X-Fi Extreme audio card.