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MSI MEGA Barebones: Two Unequal Brothers

Aside from the processor support and the motherboard, the MEGA865 is almost identical to the AMD version, i.e. the MEGA180. In order to differentiate the two barebones from the exterior, the MEGA 865 is red/black. The MEGA180 comes in gray/black. Both barebones have a large color display, multiple slots for various multimedia or photo storage cards and a built-in radio. Many local stations can be received via an external antenna, but the reception leaves much to be desired. If the Mega is directly connected to the house antenna, the barebone can match any radio. By using the remote control or one of the special button switches on the front side, the barebone can start the radio or music player directly without having to load an operating system.

MSI MEGA: Chic design with a colorful display

The music player also switches on the built-in CD or DVD drive at the same time so that an audio or MP3 medium can also be played without Windows. All functions for the music player and for the radio can be conveniently executed with the remote control. Furthermore, the remote control also works with the Home Theater software, equivalent to Microsoft Media Center.

For all couch potatoes: MSI MEGA Remote Control
  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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