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MSI MEGA mPC 945 Barebones Small Formfactor PC Review

MSI MEGA mPC 945 Barebones Small Formfactor PC Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The MSI MEGA mPC945 system is based around the Intel 945G and Intel ICH7 chipsets and is compatible with all Socket 775 Intel Pentium 4/D/XE, Celeron processors.
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Filed under: Computer / SFF PCs Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Dec 10 2006   Max Page  
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Installing Drives and more...

Accessing the other internal components is easy as everything slides together nicely. For example, all the cabling is pre-routed to just the spot you need it; the hard drive rack has your choice of IDE or SATA data power cables, and SATA or standard molex power connectors.


Power connectors for the HDD and ODD bays are pre-wired into place.

At first the MSi Mega mPC 945 seems much more complicated than necessary, but the tool free design really makes installation go a lot quicker. The instructions give a good, but brief run through too.


The two DDR2 DIMM slots are accessible from the side of the chassis, without removing any other components. Up to 2GB of DDR2-533/667 memory can be installed. The box like section to the right is the 260W power supply for the MSI mPC 945 small form factor system cables are neatly integrated in with the chassis to reduce clutter.


There is one PCI Express x16 slot and one 32-bit PCI slot available for expansion devices in the MSI Mega mPC 945.

The PCI Express x16 slot in the MSI Mega mPC 945 can accommodate most double-slot cooling solutions. Just to the right of these expansion slots is a mini-PCI slot with a 802.11b/g wireless networking LAN card installed. The brown cable that extends to the left, and up by the fan is for the dipole antenna which is attached to the rear of the chassis.

Up next, a quick look at the Intel 945G chipset and the Intel GMA950 integrated videocard.

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer Mega mPC 945
 Pg 1.  MSI MEGA mPC 945 Barebones Small Formfactor PC Review
 Pg 2.  The MEGA mPC 945 Chassis
 Pg 3.  Looking under the SFF hood
 Pg 4.  Inside the mPC 945 SFF
 Pg 5.  Ease of Installation and Tool Free Design
 Pg 6.  — Installing Drives and more...
 Pg 7.  Intel 945G and GMA950 integrated videocard
 Pg 8.  BIOS Features are Slim / Test Specs
 Pg 9.  SFF PC Benchmarks: SYSMark2004
 Pg 10.  SFF PC Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 11.  SFF PC Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 12.  SFF PC Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry, X3: Reunion
 Pg 13.  SFF PC Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 14.  Small Formfactor Redeux

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