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