Ships with the
- IDE ATA66/100
- FDD Cable
- Driver CD
- User Manual
- USB2.0 Bracket
- 5.1 channel
- Rear I/O Back
retail price of $100 CDN ($75 US), the MSI K7N2-L is easily the least expensive nForce2 motherboard of the
bunch. Of course, with its low price there aren't many frills other then
5.1 audio and a 10/100 LAN to pick through - but then again MSI is targeting the mainstream user who doesn't require a lot of "goodies", just
The layout of the motherboard is pretty good, you won't have
to remove the videocard when you're installing memory. Because consumer CNR devices are almost non existent, we
would have preferred if MSI remove the slot altogether and perhaps add a sixth
PCI slot instead.
enthusiasts/overclocker knows well how hot the MOSFETs can get during operation
so it was nice to see that MSI place some aluminum heatsinks on top of them. MSI
did an awesome job clearing out the CPU socket area of
obstructions you're not going to have problems installing larger heatsinks like the Thermalright SLK-800 or Vantec Aeroflow.Even
though AMD removed the four mounting holes around the CPU socket, MSI should have
kept them there as most of the larger heatsinks on the
market require them.
We would have liked to see
an active cooler on top of the nForce2-SPP Northbridge as it
gets very hot. >While the
K7N2-L is very well labelled, the users manual is also very detailed so newbies
not need worry when installing the K7N2-L into a case.
The K7N2-L is not very overclocker friendly as it does
not give you access to multipliers if you're using
a T-Bred/Barton which uses a 13x or higher multiplier. If you want to do
some hardcore overclocking you'll probably have to consider voltage modding the motherboard.
Maximum memory voltage is limited to 2.7V which is kind of low.
The MSI K7N2-L is a middle of the pack performer, not
exceptionally fast but not slow either. If you're not a 3DMarker or perhaps
you're looking for a motherboard for a second system then the K7N2-L can deliver
the goods. If you want the fastest most overclockable motherboard then you're
probably going to want to look elsewhere.
Epox have a good
reputation in the PCStats Labs, so let's see what the 8RDA+ is able to offer us