MSI have another clear winner with their 875P
Neo-FIS2R! If you're looking for top of the line performance and a fully loaded
motherboard the MSI
875P Neo-FIS2R will certainly not disappoint. And the best
part is, with a retail price of $255 CDN ($185 US) the 875P
Neo-FIS2R is also quite a bargain!
With 5.1 audio,
Serial ATA/Serial ATA RAID and an additional Ultra/133 port, IEEE 1394 and Intel CSA Gigabit LAN what
more can one ask for? If you need to expand in the future there
are five PCI slots ready and waiting. MSI also bundle all the USB, IEEE 1394
and audio brackets you'll need for the headers as well as one Ultra/133 red
rounded cable, four Serial ATA cables and two pass through Molex-to-Serial ATA Power connectors.
The layout of the 875P Neo-FIS2R is
excellent and in fact we have nothing really to complain about on that
facet. The main ATX, IDE and floppy drive connectors are in the prime location. Having all the
headers at the bottom of the motherboard helps keep things neat and tidy.
While this may not seem like a big issue, I liked the fact that the
motherboard had six USB 2.0 ports on the rear panel I/O.
I do wish MSI would incorporate a dual BIOS on their motherboards. I killed the first test unit while flashing with
an official BIOS. A back up BIOS would have allowed us to
recover and not have to RMA the board back to the manufacturer for
Despite having the best voltage options for an i875P motherboard on the market, the unit we tested was not the
best overclocker. Maxing out at 230 MHz FSB is lower than we would have hoped
to have seen, and we have gone higher on "lesser" motherboards. I think however that
I was unlucky this time as the original test sample did 240 MHz+ FSB on
air cooling with ease.
In the grand scheme of things we are fairly impressed
with the MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R, and what it manages to bring to the table.
If you're in the market for a Canterwood motherboard, you should
definitely consider this bright red board.
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