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MSI 845PE Max2-FIR Motherboard Review

MSI 845PE Max2-FIR Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Supports 2 GB of DDR, USB 2.0, Ultra DMA133 IDE RAID, 5.1 channel audio, Gigabit LAN, integrated IEEE 1394 Firewire and six PCI slots!
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Nov 14 2002   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > MSI 845PE Max2-FIR

It's a Blue BIOS

Ever wonder why almost every single BIOS out there is blue? If you know the answer, feel free to send in an email with your explanation here.

The MSI 845PE Max2-FIR is equipped with a AMI-built BIOS which gives users looking for full tweaking control the tools necessary to configure the system their way. Everything from CAS Latency, FSB adjustments and voltages can be manipulated within the BIOS.

As we can see here we get the usual DRAM frequency controls. We also have the usual memory adjustments from CAS Latency, RAS to CAS Delay and Burst Length

Here we can adjust the FSB from 133 MHz to 233 MHz in 1 MHz increments. Like the FSB, the AGP/PCI's can be locked at any frequency from 50 MHz to 89 MHz and can also be adjusted 0.6 MHz at a time. CPU VCore goes up to 1.825V for C1 based Northwood P4's and DDR Voltage maxes out at 2.8V. If needed, AGP voltage can be adjusted to 1.8V as well.

MSI defaults the AGP and PCI clocks to 69.67/34.83 MHz! While this probably wouldn't affect the devices, it may skew 3D benchmark results! For testing I set the AGP/PCI's to stock speeds which are 66/33 MHz.

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Contents of Article: MSI 845PE Max2-FIR
 Pg 1.  MSI 845PE Max2-FIR Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  The 845PE Max2-FIR - Feature Laden
 Pg 3.  Meet the i845PE chipset & overclock it
 Pg 4.  — It's a Blue BIOS
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Sysmark 2002, Winstone 2002
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: WinBench99, Sandra 2002
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark 2002, 3DMark 2001SE
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena
 Pg 9.  Blue BIOS, Red PCB - What's the final say?

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