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June 20, 2004 9:16:48 AM

Well It is the best of the mobo's available now my bro is going to purchase it but there are a certain qtns in my mind regarding it.

The MSI Mobo configs are as such
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Special Features
• Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
• Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
• Dual-Channel DDR400/333/266 Memory Bus
• 800/533/400MHz FSB, 8X AGP, USB 2.0
• Realtek 8110S (10/100/1000 LAN)
• Serial ATA
• MSI CoreCell chip; DOT, Live Update, Fuzzy Logic4, PC Alert, i-Speeder

CPU
• Supports Intel® Pentium 4 Northwood/Prescott (Socket 478) processors.
• FSB 400 (for Northwood only), 533, 800MHz
• Supports up to 3.6GHz or higher speed.


Chipset
• Intel® 865PE Chipset
- Supports FSB 800/533/400MHz
- Supports AGP 8X interface
- Supports DDR 400/333/266 memory interface

• Intel® ICH5 Chipset
- Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0) controller, 480Mb/sec, 8 ports
- 2 Serial ATA/ 150 ports
- 2 channel Ultra ATA 100 bus Master IDE controller
- PCI Master v2.3, I/O APIC
- Supports both ACPI and legacy APM power management


Main Memory
• Supports four unbuffered DIMM of 2.5 Volt DDR SDRAM

• Supports up to 4GB memory size without ECC
• Supports Dual channel DDR266/333/400/433/466/500/533 MHz and up. (DDR433/466/500/533 are overclocking spec, also refer to User's Manual)


DDR433/450/466/500/533 Memory Modules Qualified Vender List
DDR400 Memory Modules Qualified Vender List

Slots
• One AGP slot supports 8X/4X at 0.8V (AGP 3.0) or 4X at 1.5V (3.3V is not supported)
• Five 32-bit v2.3 Master PCI bus slots (support 3.3V/5V PCI bus interface)


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


On-Board IDE
Dual Ultra DMA 66/ 100 IDE controllers integrated in ICH5
- Supports PIO, Bus Master operation modes
- Can connect up to four Ultra ATA drives
Serial ATA/ 150 controller integrated in ICH5
- Up to 150MB/s transfer speed
- Can connect up to 2 Serial ATA drives


Audio
AC97 link controller integrated in Intel® 865PE Chipset
6-channel audio codec Realtek ALC655
- Compliance with AC97 v2.3 Spec.
- Meet PC2001 audio performance requirement


LAN
Realtek® 8110S
- Integrated Fast Ethernet MAC and PHY in one chip
- Supports 10Mb/s, 100Mb/s, 1000Mb/s
- Compliance with PCI 2.2
- Supports ACPI Power Management


On-Board Peripherals
- 1 floppy port supports 1 FDDs with 360K, 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M and 2.88Mbytes
- 1 serial port COM1
- 1 parallel port supports SPP/EPP/ECP mode
- 8 USB 2.0 ports (Rear x 4 / Front x 4)
- 1 Line-In / Line-Out / Mic-In audio port
- SPDIF Out-Optical audio port
- 1 RJ45 LAN jack


Dimension
ATX Form Factor: 30.5 cm (L) x 24.5 cm (W)

Mounting
9 mounting holes
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The questions are as follows

1.> Will a Pentium 4 2.4 GHz 533/800 FSB HT Technology Pro work with it.

2.> It has Dual Channel DDR 266/333/400 Support i.e. 4 Slots for ram.
he just wants 256 MB of ram is it compusary to add 2 chips of 128 or will
a single 256mb ram stick do.he wants a corsair or a hynix DDR 400 Ram chip will they work with a 2.4GHz 533/800FSB CPU.

3.> It has 2 channel ata will i be able to connect 4 ata based devices
i.e. a dvd rom , a cd writer , 2 ata based hdd's.

4.> Supports four unbuffered DIMM of 2.5 Volt DDR SDRAM
what does this word unbuffered mean.

5.> Does 2 Channel ultra ata means primary and secondry channel.

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Well the configs are as such will they work properly plz let me know

- Intel P4 2.4GHz 533 or 800 FSB - HT Technology
- MSI 865PE Neo2-P Platinum Edition Motherboard
- Hynix or Corsair DDR 400 256MB Ram
- Gainward Pro 660-TV-DVI - Nvida Geforce fx 5200 Based - 128MB
- Samsung Syncmaster 753s - 17' Monitor
- Sony 52x CD Writer
- Samsung 40GB 7200rpm ATA HDD
- I-Key Designer Keyboard
- Microsoft Optical Mouse
- Sony FDD 1.44
- Speakers not yet decided
- Vip Triple 8 Cabinet

Please also recommend a power supply for this cabinet 300/330/350 which one should be taken.

Please post your views
June 21, 2004 11:48:16 AM

1.> Will a Pentium 4 2.4 GHz 533/800 FSB HT Technology Pro work with it.

Yes

2.> It has Dual Channel DDR 266/333/400 Support i.e. 4 Slots for ram. he just wants 256 MB of ram is it compusary to add 2 chips of 128 or will a single 256mb ram stick do.he wants a corsair or a hynix DDR 400 Ram chip will they work with a 2.4GHz 533/800FSB CPU.

A single 256 stick will work just fine, but he won't have the benefit of dual channel memory. I'd recommend two sticks of 256 if he can afford it.

3.> It has 2 channel ata will i be able to connect 4 ata based devices i.e. a dvd rom , a cd writer , 2 ata based hdd's.

Yes, this board offers two Ultra ATA channels for up to four devices. However if you're using Serial ATA, it'll only support two of those devices.

4.> Supports four unbuffered DIMM of 2.5 Volt DDR SDRAM
what does this word unbuffered mean.

Buffered RAM is sold with the label ECC and is what you find in servers. Unbuffered DDR is what the majority of us use in home PC's.

5.> Does 2 Channel ultra ata means primary and secondry channel.

Yes

In looking at your configuration, everything will work together OK. Try to go for the 800 MHz. FSB processor. Also, the 5200 video card is pretty weak.

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June 21, 2004 11:36:31 PM

256 megs of RAM? That's gonna choke that system. First off, since it won't run dual channel, the processor will be hampered, second, since it's only 256 megs, you're systems gonna be hittin the swap file like Marion Barry on the crack pipe. That [-peep-] is gonna run slower than a special olympics decathlete unless you at least throw in another stick o' 256

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June 22, 2004 2:00:23 AM

I'd go with the Abit IS7. It's inexpensive and uses the ICH5R controller which offers SATA RAID if he ever wants it. Did I mention it's an inexpensive board?

1.) Yes
2.) You don't need to use dual channel, but it offers increased performance. I don't recommend using 256MB on a Windows XP system, it's not enough to make the OS run efficiently.
3.) 2 ATA channels support 2 ATA cables, each cable supports 2 drives. That's 4 ATA drives. Plus you can add 2 SATA drives for a total of 6 drives.
4.) Unbuffered is standard RAM.
5.) Yes

How much is that FX5200 going to cost? Because it isn't actually worth much, performance wise.

I'd go with an Inwin or Enlight case with power supply included.

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March 26, 2008 12:11:21 AM

Bump
Its only four years old...
I have the 3.a revision platinum,(its only 2 years old for me, never an update...dare I say the perfect build by msi) one sata drive for each plug, (no raid )that I could see in book or bios
but do have a question rather important....
I want a 400gb sata with 16mb buffer, I am aware that the mobo is sata1, and the drive is a wd sata2 (backwards compatible), but really need to know how big of a hdd can I slap on this thing...

my mpeg2 encoding is a tragedy, I hope the sata helps it along with the pata staying installed.
Any help appreciated.

EDIT:
I did find my way to the msi foreum and searched...
found a bunch of 320gb satas in configurations, but no 400gb. More importnatly, having the latest bios did not get to see this update a;ready applied at time of my purchase:
Quote:
865PE Neo2 Series (MS-6728 PCBv1) v. 2.4 386 kb Intel AMI BIOS 9/20/2004
This BIOS is valid for 865PE Neo2-S/LS/FIS2R1. This is AMI BIOS release2. This BIOS fixes the following problem(s) of the previous version:
- Supports HDD size over 136.9GB.
- Updates CPU Microcode.
- Fixes system cannot recognize 4 PCI capture cards under Win2000.
Please Note: 1.x~2.x BIOS cannot be used on 865G/PE Neo2 P series (MS-6728 PCBv2).
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