13 Barebones Reviewed Are Anything But Square

MSI MEGA180: The AMD Version

In the AMD version of the MSI MEGA barebone, the motherboard works with the Nvidia Nforce 2 chipset for all Athlon XP and Sempron CPUs. This chipset is also responsible for onboard graphics. The video is output through the two VGA connectors or the S-Video output. The MEGA180 doesn't provide a DVI connector. This can be added later by means of an optional add-on card or a suitable graphics card for the AGP slot. The interior of the MEGA180 is very narrow due to the low height and you not only need a calm hand to install the hardware, but also matching hardware components. Above all, you should check the length of your 5.25" drives. It's better to use a shorter CD or DVD drive because it saves a lot of fiddling around during the installation. The MEGA180 leaves more elbow room for the graphics card than an XPC barebone from Shuttle, for example. The AGP and PCI slots are transposed, which is an advantage for installing wide and long graphics cards. The MEGA180 draws its power from a 250 watt power supply.

Blue/green : MEGA 180 for AMD Athlon XP and Sempron
Under The Hood

Fits, wobbles and has room - with almost no clearance to install a drive.

Clean installation: Cable ties guarantee order in the MEGA180
  1. Searching For The Quiet Barebone
  2. The Way It Should Be
  3. The Way It Should Be, Continued
  4. Test Candidates With AGP Graphics Slot
  5. AOpen XC Cube AV (EA65): The Multi-talent
  6. Under The Hood
  7. Pros And Cons
  8. AOpen XC Cube EX65: Design Is A Matter Of Taste
  9. Under The Hood
  10. AOpen XC Cube EY65: A Lot Of Intel Platforms
  11. Under The Hood
  12. ASUS Terminator 2 T2 Offers An Arnold Double Team
  13. Under The Hood
  14. Pros And Cons
  15. MSI MEGA Barebones: Two Unequal Brothers
  16. PC Alert 4: Monitoring of the temperature and fan speed
  17. MSI MEGA180: The AMD Version
  18. Pros And Cons
  19. MSI MEGA865: Suitable For Intel Pentium 4 CPUs
  20. Pros And Cons
  21. Jetway MiniQ Twin: Two Users Simultaneously
  22. Under The Hood
  23. Pros And Cons
  24. Soltek QBic EQ3801A: AMD64 Power Barebone
  25. Under The Hood
  26. Pros And Cons
  27. Test Candidates Without An AGP Graphics Slot
  28. Under The Hood
  29. Pros And Cons
  30. Shuttle XPC ZEN: Smallest Barebone With External Power Supply
  31. Under The Hood
  32. Pros And Cons
  33. Test Candidates With A PCI Express Slot
  34. Under The Hood
  35. Pros And Cons
  36. Shuttle XPC SB83G5: VW Meets Barebone
  37. Under The Hood
  38. Pros And Cons
  39. Noise Measurements: All Candidates At A Glance
  40. Configuration Table
  41. Configuration Table, Continued
  42. Configuration Table, Continued
  43. Test Equipment, Continued
  44. Accessories: Useful, Useless And Comical
  45. Shuttles TFT In An XPC Design
  46. Shuttle XP17, Specifications
  47. Shuttle PC40: Upgrade To Quiet Power Supply
  48. Lights Go On In The Peripheral Connectors
  49. Molex Connector: Let There Be Color
  50. RAM Freezer From Revoltec
  51. Area 51 Is Everywhere: The Aliens Have Landed
  52. Conclusion
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