MSI 845E Max2 Motherboard

MSI is one of the quickest vendors to market with new technologies and has wasted no time with this motherboard based on the Intel 845E chipset. It is designed to work with DDR memory up to PC2100 and 478-pin package Pentium 4 processors, and offers a slew of new improvements and value-added features.

The 845E Max2 is a very versatile board boasting 533MHz front side bus, USB 2.0 connectivity, onboard six-channel sound with SPDIF-out and a complete PC-to-PC Bluetooth wireless networking solution.

The 533MHz front side bus allows you to install the latest Pentium 4 chips designed to take advantage of the extra 133MHz on the bus and give even better performance. USB 2.0 (480Mbps) is 40 times faster than USB 1.1 and even faster than FireWire, which runs at 400Mbps.

Onboard six-channel sound means that when the PC is built and includes a DVD-ROM drive, you can watch DVD movies in surround sound from your PC. It also provides surround sound for gaming and you need not fork out for a sound card.

The Bluetooth solution is the most interesting addition and appears to be unique in the market. Once you've attached the included Bluetooth USB transceiving key to a PC you want to network to yours, it communicates with yours via the included transceiving module attached to a special supplied bracket.

Hard drive connectivity is either via the Ultra ATA100 bus Master IDE controller or the onboard Promise ATA133 RAID controller. Six PCI slots provide plenty of room for add-on cards and the AGP 4x slot will accommodate the graphics card of your choice.

In brief:

MSI 845E Max2

An outstanding and versatile foundation on which to build a DDR-based Pentium 4 system, with top notch features such as USB 2.0, Bluetooth, six-channel sound, 533MHz front side bus and ATA133 RAID.

Price: $420.

Phone: (02) 9748 0070.

URL: www.msicomputer.com.au.

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Spiro Hionis

PC World

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