P6N Diamond

Overview

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NVIDIA SLI

SLI technology allows using multiple Nvidia graphics cards in a single computer system with a motherboard equipped with an nForce SLI MCP. Users need an a motherboard with two PCI-Express 16x graphics slots and two matching GeForce graphics cards which are "SLI Ready". Most NVIDIA's PCI-Express graphics cards starting from the 6600 GPU can enjoy the benefits of SLI.

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Live Update 5

MSI Live Update 5 is a powerful and useful application for updating the latest BIOS and Drivers, saving you time and lowers the risk of updating. End-users can install and run the Live Update 5 software on their computers with the companion CD or downloading the app from the MSI website.

Features
- Automatically Detect the BIOS/Driver/VGA/Utility Update
- Support Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 32/64bit

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Dual Core Center

• Key components status hardware monitor.
• Monitor the CPU status.
• Optimize System status define.
• Auto speed up with system loading change.

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CoreCell 2

CoreCell 2 is composed of 4 features: Speedster(Maximum overclocking),PowerPro (powersaving), LifePro (constant temp control, smart FAN ) and BuzzFree. (noise management)
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DOT Exress

MSI DOT Express provides overclocking function and the best and easiest optimization of the GPU & Memory speed for the maximum performance.

MSI Reminds You...

  1. The specifications may differ from areas and we keep the right to change without notice. Please check the specific Specification with your local dealers.
  2. The color of the product might be affected by photography and the monitor's setting, which might be different from the real product.

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NVIDIA SLI

SLI technology allows using multiple Nvidia graphics cards in a single computer system with a motherboard equipped with an nForce SLI MCP. Users need an a motherboard with two PCI-Express 16x graphics slots and two matching GeForce graphics cards which are "SLI Ready". Most NVIDIA's PCI-Express graphics cards starting from the 6600 GPU can enjoy the benefits of SLI.

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Live Update 5

MSI Live Update 5 is a powerful and useful application for updating the latest BIOS and Drivers, saving you time and lowers the risk of updating. End-users can install and run the Live Update 5 software on their computers with the companion CD or downloading the app from the MSI website.

Features
- Automatically Detect the BIOS/Driver/VGA/Utility Update
- Support Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 32/64bit

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Dual Core Center

• Key components status hardware monitor.
• Monitor the CPU status.
• Optimize System status define.
• Auto speed up with system loading change.

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CoreCell 2

CoreCell 2 is composed of 4 features: Speedster(Maximum overclocking),PowerPro (powersaving), LifePro (constant temp control, smart FAN ) and BuzzFree. (noise management)
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DOT Exress

MSI DOT Express provides overclocking function and the best and easiest optimization of the GPU & Memory speed for the maximum performance.

Basic Specifications

Socket 775
CPU (Max Support) Core 2 Quad
FSB/BCLK/Hyper Transport Bus 533/800/1066/1333
Chipset NVIDIA® nForce 680i SLI SPP+570i SLI MCP
DDR2 Memory DDR2 533/667/800
Memory Channel Dual
DIMM Slots 4
Max Memory (GB) 16
PCI-Ex16 4
PCI-E Gen Gen1
PCI-Ex1 1
PCI 2
IDE 1
SATAII 7
RAID 0/1/0+1/5/JBOD
LAN 10/100/1000*2
USB 2.0 ports (Rear) 4
Audio ports (Rear) 5+Optical/Coaxial SPDIF
1394 ports (Rear) 1
eSATA 1
Form Factor ATX
SLI Y

 

The Specification may change without notice. The actual products sold are different from areas. Please check the detailed Specification with your local dealers.

 

Detail Specifications

MSI Reminds you...
1. NVIDIA nForce Series boards DO NOT support Windows® 98/ME
2. For the best performance and commitment of convenience, please use memories listed in MSI approved memory module vendor list (MSI AVL), which provides the easiest, up-to-date memory configurations.
3. For better audio quality, this model still keep EL capacitor design in audio circuit.


CPU

• Supports Socket 775 for Intel® Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, P4, P4EE, Pentium D, Pentium XE processors.
• Supports FSB 1333/1066/800/533MHz. (FSB 1333MHz supports on E6x50 processors only)
• Supports EIST technology.
• Supports Intel® Hyper-Threading technology.
Please refer to CPU Support for compatible CPU; the above description is for reference only.


Chipset

NVIDIA® nForce 680i SLI SPP (C55XE) Chipset

NVIDIA® nForce 570i SLI MCP (MCP55P) Chipset

 

Main Memory


• Supports dual channel DDR2 533/667/800, using four 240-pin/1.8V DDR2 DIMMs.
• Supports a maximum memory size up to 16GB


Slots

• Four PCI Express x16 slots (supports PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant)
• One PCI Express x1 slot (support PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant)
• Two 32-bit v2.3 Master PCI bus slots (support 3.3v/5v PCI bus interface)


On-Board IDE


• An IDE controller on the NVIDIA® nForce 590i SLI MCP chipset provides IDE
HDD/CD-ROM with PIO, Bus Master and Ultra DMA133/100/66 operation modes.
- Can connect up to 2 IDE devices.


On-Board SATA


• nForce 590i SLI MCP supports 5 SATA II ports (SATA 1 to 5).
- Transfer rate is up to 3Gb/s.
- 2 SATAII ports with RAID 0 or 1 by Sil4723
- 1 eSATA port by Sil3531 (back panel)

NV RAID
• Supports up to 5 SATA and 2 ATA133 Hard Drives
- RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 or JBOD is supported
- Supports up to 7 drives for RAID function.

MSI Reminds You...
• The RAID setup floppy disk is optional depending on the districts. You can download the files from the website to make the setup disk.


Audio

• Chip integrated by Creative ® Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio chipset
- Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing
- Compliant with Azalia 1.0 spec.


LAN

- Supports dual 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet ports by Realtek® RTL8211B


IEEE1394 / FireWire


VIA® VT 6308P chipset
- Transfer rate is up to 400Mbps


Internal I/O Connectors

- ATX 24-Pin power connector
- 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
- CPU / Systemx3 FAN connectors
- 1 x MSI D-Bracket 2 Connector
- Front panel audio connector
- Front panel connector
- IrDA infrared module header
- 1 x IEEE1394 connector
- 3 x USB 2.0 connector support additional 6 ports
- 1 x Floppy disk drive connector
- 7 x serial ATA connectors
- 1 x serial port connector
- SPDIF-out connector for HDMI
- 1 x ATA133 connectors
- Chassis intrusion switch connector
- Clear CMOS button

MSI Reminds You...
• The floppy disk cable will be optional.


Back Panel I/O Ports

- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard
- 1 x PS/2 Mouse
- 1 x eSATA port
- 1 x Optical SPDIF out / 1 x Coaxial SPDIF out
- 1 x 5 in 1 Audio jack
- 1 x IEEE1394 port
- 4 x USB 2.0 ports
- 2 x RJ45 LAN Jack


BIOS

• The motherboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
• The motherboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your motherboard specifications.


Dimension

• 30.5cm(L) x 24.5cm(W) ATX Form Factor

Mounting

• 9 mounting holes.

 
Product Accessories


MSI Reminds You...
• The accessories will probably be different according to the different selling areas of product models. For details of accessories, please refer to the descriptions on the product package.

 

The Specification may change without notice. The actual products sold are different from areas. Please check the detailed Specification with your local dealers.

 

Awards

msi-award
Date: 2008-00
Title: Recommended
(It was selected in the special review "the best products" in the MB category!)
Review: -
Media: PC Achat Magazine
Country: France
Quality Champion Award for Best Integrated Audio Chips (1st place) - Next Magazine
Date: 2008-00
Title: Quality Champion Award for Best Integrated Audio Chips (1st place)
Review: -
Media: Next Magazine
Country: Portugal
Top 100 Products of 2007 Award - HardwareZone.com
Date: 2007-00
Title: Top 100 Products of 2007 Award
Review: >Open
Media: HardwareZone.com
Country: Slovak Republic
Home Run Hardware - NVNews.net
Date: 2007-00
Title: Home Run Hardware
Review: >Open
Media: NVNews.net
Country: United States Minor Outlying Islands
The Best Award - Computer Week
Date: 2007-00
Title: The Best Award
Review: -
Media: Computer Week
Country: Jamaica
Extreme Award - XSReviews.co.uk
Date: 2007-00
Title: Extreme Award
Review: >Open
Media: XSReviews.co.uk
Country: United States
Recommended - hardinfo.dk
Date: 2007-00
Title: Recommended
Review: -
Media: hardinfo.dk
Country: Denmark
Most Value For Money Award - HardwareZone.com
Date: 2007-00
Title: Most Value For Money Award
Review: >Open
Media: HardwareZone.com
Country: Slovak Republic
4.5 out of 5 Stars Award - HardwareZone.com
Date: 2007-00
Title: 4.5 out of 5 Stars Award
Review: >Open
Media: HardwareZone.com
Country: Slovak Republic
Editor's Choice - CPU3D.com
Date: 2007-00
Title: Editor's Choice
Review: >Open
Media: CPU3D.com
Country: United States

BIOS

*Please download and execute the file in USB pen drive only. System will restart several times to update ME firmware after updated system BIOS. Please DO NOT remove the USB pen drive until ME update sucessfully. *Please make sure you have read the SOP before you update the BIOS. SOP Download: BIOS & ME update SOP *MSI recommend you to update BIOS with ME8 only if you are using IvyBridge 22nm CPU. **Please reinstall driver after updating BIOS with ME8. OS: Windows 7 OS: Windows XP

!Attention:

Users who download BIOS from here (not using Live Update) should use the flash utility included in the downloaded compressed file when doing the BIOS update. To avoid BIOS update failure, please do not use older versions of the update utility or utilities not provided by MSI.


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
Description - Update CPU ID for QX6850.
- Update NVMM.
- Fixed system report incorrect memory size when install 4G memory.
Version 1.3
Type AMI BIOS Release Date 2007-11-02
Download download File Size 0 MB
Note About how to flash the BIOS, please refer to BIOS flash SOP
Description - Support CPU FSB 1333 MHz.
- Update CPU ID.
Version 1.2
Type AMI BIOS Release Date 2007-07-31
Download download File Size 0 MB
Note About how to flash the BIOS, please refer to BIOS flash SOP
Description - Update CPU ID.
Version 1.1
Type AMI BIOS Release Date 2007-05-23
Download download File Size 0 MB
Note About how to flash the BIOS, please refer to BIOS flash SOP
Description New BIOS Release.
Version 1.0
Type AMI BIOS Release Date 2007-04-24
Download download File Size 0 MB
Note About how to flash the BIOS, please refer to BIOS flash SOP
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Live Update 5

DISCLAIMER:
Live Update 5 utility is only intended for MSI Desktop PC related products (motherboards and graphics cards) usage. This utility doesn’t support any MSI Notebook (NB and Tablet PC) or AIO product, while installed might experience unexpected errors. If it happens that you have installed Live Update 5 on your Notebook or AIO system, please uninstall it then perform system restart.

Live Update 5 is a powerful update tool with user-friendly interface, provides an automatic scan and download for your MSI products. Using this service to keep your system in the most updated environment.

Live Update 5 supports the following MSI product lines and items:
Motherboards: Drivers/BIOS/Utilities;
Graphics Cards: Drivers/BIOS

Click here to read the instruction

Driver

Win7 64,Win7 32,Vista 64,Vista 32,XP 64,XP 32,Win 2000

!Special Note:

The Drivers provided here are exclusively for MSI products only. MSI takes no responsibility for any damage resulted from improper usage or lack of technical expertise.


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
NVIDIA nForce 680i (C55+MCP55) SLI System Drivers
Description This WinXP/XP64 nForce (C55/MCP55)9.53 driver package consists of the following components:

Ethernet Driver (v60.24) "WHQL"
SMBus Driver (v4.57) "WHQL"
Installer (v5.17)
WinXP IDE SataRAID Driver (v6.91) "WHQL"
WinXP IDE SataIDE Driver (v6.91) "WHQL"
WinXP RAIDTOOL Application (v6.91) "Sedona"

Vista 32/64 Ver: 12.0.0.49974
Ethernet Driver (v65.55) WHQL
SMBus Driver (v4.60) WHQL
Installer (v5.40)
IDE SataRAID Driver (v9.31) WHQL
IDE SataIDE Driver (v9.31) WHQL
RAIDTOOL Application (v9.31)
SMU (v1.23) WHQL
Version
Type System & Chipset Drivers Release Date 2007-10-04
OS Win7 64, Win7 32, Vista 64, Vista 32
Download download File Size 22.92 MB
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NVIDIA nForce 680i (C55+MCP55) SLI System Drivers
Description This WinXP/XP64 nForce (C55/MCP55)9.53 driver package consists of the following components:

Ethernet Driver (v60.24) "WHQL"
SMBus Driver (v4.57) "WHQL"
Installer (v5.17)
WinXP IDE SataRAID Driver (v6.91) "WHQL"
WinXP IDE SataIDE Driver (v6.91) "WHQL"
WinXP RAIDTOOL Application (v6.91) "Sedona"

Vista 32/64 Ver: 12.0.0.49974
Ethernet Driver (v65.55) WHQL
SMBus Driver (v4.60) WHQL
Installer (v5.40)
IDE SataRAID Driver (v9.31) WHQL
IDE SataIDE Driver (v9.31) WHQL
RAIDTOOL Application (v9.31)
SMU (v1.23) WHQL
Version
Type System & Chipset Drivers Release Date 2007-10-04
OS XP 32, Win 2000
Download download File Size 18.1 MB
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NVIDIA nForce 680i (C55+MCP55) SLI System Drivers
Description This WinXP/XP64 nForce (C55/MCP55)9.53 driver package consists of the following components:

Ethernet Driver (v60.24) "WHQL"
SMBus Driver (v4.57) "WHQL"
Installer (v5.17)
WinXP IDE SataRAID Driver (v6.91) "WHQL"
WinXP IDE SataIDE Driver (v6.91) "WHQL"
WinXP RAIDTOOL Application (v6.91) "Sedona"

Vista 32/64 Ver: 12.0.0.49974
Ethernet Driver (v65.55) WHQL
SMBus Driver (v4.60) WHQL
Installer (v5.40)
IDE SataRAID Driver (v9.31) WHQL
IDE SataIDE Driver (v9.31) WHQL
RAIDTOOL Application (v9.31)
SMU (v1.23) WHQL
Version
Type System & Chipset Drivers Release Date 2007-10-04
OS XP 64
Download download File Size 42.48 MB
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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Drivers
Description To enjoy better audio performance, please install the full drivers available on the driver CD.
XP/XP64 Ver: 5.10.0.200
Vista32/64 Ver: 6.10.0.200

Version
Type On-Board Audio Drivers Release Date 2009-11-02
OS Win7 64, Win7 32, Vista 64, Vista 32, XP 64, XP 32
Download download File Size 278.91 MB
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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Patch Drivers
Description Fix front and back audio ports can not both output issue.
Version
Type On-Board Audio Drivers Release Date 2007-12-21
OS Vista 64, Vista 32, XP 32
Download download File Size 0 MB
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Silicon Image 3531 Serial-ATA RAID Drivers
Description This is the driver for Silicon Image eSATA function.
• Win XP 32/Vista Ver : 1.5.20.1
• Win XP 64 Ver : 1.5.14.0
Version
Type On-Board PIDE/SATA Drivers Release Date 2009-08-26
OS XP 64
Download download File Size 0 MB
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Silicon Image 3531 Serial-ATA RAID Drivers
Description This is the driver for Silicon Image eSATA function.
• Win XP 32/Vista Ver : 1.5.20.1
• Win XP 64 Ver : 1.5.14.0
Version
Type On-Board PIDE/SATA Drivers Release Date 2009-08-26
OS Vista 64, Vista 32, XP 32
Download download File Size 0 MB
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nVidia C72+MCP55 SATA RAID / AHCI Driver (For floppy driver)
Description NVIDIA C55+MCP55 SATA RAID driver
1. Extract the file and Copy all files to the floppy.
2. Press F6 to install driver through the floppy when booting and loading RAID function.
Version
Type On-Board PIDE/SATA Drivers Release Date 2009-01-16
OS Vista 32
Download download File Size 0 MB
Note
nVidia C72+MCP55 SATA RAID / AHCI Driver (For floppy driver)
Description NVIDIA C55+MCP55 SATA RAID driver
1. Extract the file and Copy all files to the floppy.
2. Press F6 to install driver through the floppy when booting and loading RAID function.
Version
Type On-Board PIDE/SATA Drivers Release Date 2009-01-16
OS Vista 64
Download download File Size 0 MB
Note
nVidia C72+MCP55 SATA RAID / AHCI Driver (For floppy driver)
Description NVIDIA C55+MCP55 SATA RAID driver
1. Extract the file and Copy all files to the floppy.
2. Press F6 to install driver through the floppy when booting and loading RAID function.
Version
Type On-Board PIDE/SATA Drivers Release Date 2009-01-16
OS XP 32
Download download File Size 0 MB
Note
nVidia C72+MCP55 SATA RAID / AHCI Driver (For floppy driver)
Description NVIDIA C55+MCP55 SATA RAID driver
1. Extract the file and Copy all files to the floppy.
2. Press F6 to install driver through the floppy when booting and loading RAID function.
Version
Type On-Board PIDE/SATA Drivers Release Date 2009-01-16
OS XP 64
Download download File Size 0 MB
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Utility

Win7 64,Win7 32,Vista 64,Vista 32,XP 64,XP 32,Win 2000

!Special Note:

The Utilities provided here are exclusively for MSI products only. MSI takes no responsibility for any damage resulted from improper usage or lack of technical expertise.


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
MSI Dual Core Center
Description • Key components status hardware monitor
• Monitor the CPU status
• D.O.T. Technology up to 12% improvement
• Optimize System status define
• Adjustable & monitor with "Dual CoreCenter" on windows system
• Auto speed up with system loading change
• 5 environment mode and 3 user define mode
• Combine with VGA CoreCell 3D, totally called "Dual CoreCell"
• If you are using an ATI graphic card, you must install ver. 8.41 driver and its additional applications to make Dual CoreCenter works normally. It is better to use recommended installation while installing an ATI VGA driver.
Version 2.0.6.8
Type Utility Release Date 2010-06-29
OS XP 32, Win 2000
Download download File Size 10.49 MB
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MSI Dual Core Center
Description • Key components status hardware monitor
• Monitor the CPU status
• D.O.T. Technology up to 12% improvement
• Optimize System status define
• Adjustable & monitor with "Dual CoreCenter" on windows system
• Auto speed up with system loading change
• 5 environment mode and 3 user define mode
• Combine with VGA CoreCell 3D, totally called "Dual CoreCell"
• If you are using an ATI graphic card, you must install ver. 8.41 driver and its additional applications to make Dual CoreCenter works normally. It is better to use recommended installation while installing an ATI VGA driver.
Version 2.0.6.8
Type Utility Release Date 2010-06-29
OS Win7 64, Win7 32
Download download File Size 10.49 MB
Note
MSI Dual Core Center
Description • Key components status hardware monitor
• Monitor the CPU status
• D.O.T. Technology up to 12% improvement
• Optimize System status define
• Adjustable & monitor with "Dual CoreCenter" on windows system
• Auto speed up with system loading change
• 5 environment mode and 3 user define mode
• Combine with VGA CoreCell 3D, totally called "Dual CoreCell"
• If you are using an ATI graphic card, you must install ver. 8.41 driver and its additional applications to make Dual CoreCenter works normally. It is better to use recommended installation while installing an ATI VGA driver.
Version 2.0.6.8
Type Utility Release Date 2010-06-29
OS Vista 64, Vista 32
Download download File Size 10.49 MB
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NVIDIA nTune
Description The NVIDIA® nTune™ is the easiest, fastest, and safest performance optimization and monitoring application available for your PC.
• Improved dynamic overclocking / GPU overclocking
• Benchmarking wizard / Saved system profiles
• System troubleshooting / Improved system monitoring
• Voltage and bus speed monitoring / Temperature and fan speed monitoring
• Dynamically adjustable voltages and fan speeds / Dynamically adjustable memory timings
Version 5.00.08.06
Type Utility Release Date 2006-08-29
OS XP 32, Win 2000
Download download File Size 31.02 MB
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NVIDIA nTune
Description The NVIDIA® nTune™ is the easiest, fastest, and safest performance optimization and monitoring application available for your PC.
• Improved dynamic overclocking / GPU overclocking
• Benchmarking wizard / Saved system profiles
• System troubleshooting / Improved system monitoring
• Voltage and bus speed monitoring / Temperature and fan speed monitoring
• Dynamically adjustable voltages and fan speeds / Dynamically adjustable memory timings
Version 5.00.08.06
Type Utility Release Date 2006-08-29
OS XP 64
Download download File Size 31.02 MB
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Manual

!Special Note:

MSI™ provides user manuals (in PDF format) here for download. You can use Adobe Acrobat Reader (Adobe's WEB Site) to open them.

An easy guide for you to assemble your PC step by step, please refer to "Quick Installation Guide".


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
Version Language File Size Download Release Date
1.0 Japanese 12.12 MB download 2007-05-31
1.0 Multi-Language 4.63 MB download 2007-05-28
1.0 English 3.65 MB download 2007-03-30

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