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PC Alert 4: Monitoring of the temperature and fan speed

MSI MEGA Barebones: Two unequal brothers, continued

Another piece of software that MSI includes with the Mega barebones is a special version of PC Alert 4. This tool monitors the temperature of the MEGA and the rotation of the system fan and CPU fan. Unfortunately, you can't influence the behavior of the temperature-controlled fans. To ensure that the software doesn't continuously block the monitor, PC Alert 4 transmits the data to the front display. Every four seconds, the display changes and shows the temperature states and the speeds of the fans. The font in the display is a matter of taste, just like in radio or music player mode, because the font is slightly in italics. Only the PC Alert 4 software can switch the display between Celsius and Fahrenheit.

System information in the display: The display changes every four seconds.

As an option, the MEGA barebones from MSI can also be upgraded with a TV tuner card. Due to the low construction height of the MEGA PCs, this card is kept particularly low. The board is put in the empty PCI slot, but it is difficult to reach if a graphics card is installed.

Suitable for MSI Mega: A TV tuner card with a recording function in MPEG format

Noise alert: loud CPU fan
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  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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