One thing I was
a little disappointed with was the the MSI 850 Pro5 only supports up to four
PCI slots. The fourth RIMM forces everything down and acts as a limiting factor in
this regard but at least MSI tried to ease the pain by including a real hardware
based 5.1 audio solution in the C-Media 8738 chipset. The VIA AC-97 codec just doesn't have
the snuff to compete here.
The CNR slot could have been switched out
for an extra PCI slot, but I seem to recall it is necessary for ISO
9001 certification or something similar.
always been one of the first companies to embrace technology and even
though the 850 Pro5 has six USB ports, they're only USB 1.1 rather then USB 2.0.
It's not really a big deal right now since USB 2.0 devices are still far and few
between. By the time they reach critical mass 4200 RIMM's will be in full swing
with 533MHz Pentium 4's and users will probably need to upgrade anyway.