However, the layout would have merited a prize, if the graphics ports had been divided into master and slave… like in case of SLI. The RD Neo2 is a relatively safe motherboard. PCB layout provides for this feature — the distance from a CPU socket to the chipset heatsink is small. But as a result, memory slot latches are not blocked by a video card, all connectors for storage drives, three fans, and even the chassis intrusion sensor and IrDA are placed along the edges and are easily accessible, when it’s installed into a PC case. The set of proprietary utilities includes: We also found a lot of empty seats for resistors, diodes, and other discrete components for the main chips. Note that voltage settings were inactive in our motherboard — MSI representatives assured us that it’s a bug of this very preproduction sample.
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That’s how it works: We all know that a full 1GHz 5x HTT link isn’t all that conductive to overclocking, but the board only allows users to select Auto which is 5x or immediately downclock it to MHz 1x.
The difference between video cards’ performance has always been a governing factor here. However, the layout would have merited a prize, if the graphics ports had been divided into master and slave… like in case of SLI.
CPU temperature grows under load. When exceeded, the fan starts increasing or decreasing its speed in steps.
MSI RD480 Neo2-FI – motherboard – ATX – Socket 939 – 480X CrossFire Series
Note that voltage settings were inactive in our motherboard — MSI representatives assured us that it’s a bug of this very preproduction sample. Besides, the jumper is far from its usual location — near the battery — and is not properly identified. But in practice, the choice may be sufficient for those, who have already decided in favour of ATI products and are now waiting for an opportunity to buy a CrossFire system.
We also found a lot of empty seats for resistors, diodes, and other discrete components for the main chips. It does come with a nice range of voltage and frequency options, but what’s really perplexing is the lack of a HyperTransport link adjustment.
Of course, as Xpress CFE motherboards from other manufacturers appear in our test lab and most importantly in retail stores! MSI Live Update 3 — update BIOS under Windows, it allows to search and download the latest version from the official website, convenient search for updated drivers for all motherboard devices via Internet. As with other RD CrossFire motherboards, the primary PCIe x16 slot is the middle slot, with a terminator card inserted into the top slot to disable it.
One PCI Express x16 slot the one, which is closer to the processor on this motherboard is in a very privileged position: This is in-liew of the criticism that the ATI part has been receiving for its low performance and general lack of features. This solution looks a tad better at first sight than a mini-card in the majority of nForce4 SLI motherboards, requiring laboursome flipping in atl special connector except for models, where both ports always operate in x8 mode, and those, where these modes are switched on the software level.
Thus, MSI can actually launch an extended modification of this motherboard and nearly completely compensate for the functional inferiority of Xpress CFE versus nForce4 SLI due to additional controllers. On the whole, the layout merits the highest mark — RD Neo2 functionality is far from the low end level. Besides, arranging two bridges of the chipset and a couple of graphics ports required much attention.
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MSI overhauled the reference design just a little here: There is no cooling for example a heatsink, like on the reference motherboard and nearly on all MSI boards for the field-effect transistors.
Write a comment below. Singapore Malaysia Philippines Indonesia. But this motherboard can hardly persuade a customer to give preference to the ATI solution: Dynamic range, dB A: Not exactly a horrible overclock, but it wouldn’t at up against the mainstream nForce4 Ultra counterparts.
Passive cooling of the chipset has a positive effect on the general noise level, heat release of the northbridge is low, so that it’s easily cooled by a CPU cooler. That’s not much compared to a deluge of SLI solutions. The mentioned BIOS rdd480 are available in this version, but the viability of non-standard settings hasn’t been tested. Consumed Power, Energy Consumption: The 3-phase switching voltage regulator of the processor incorporates three field-effect transistors per channel the layout actually provides for 4 transistors per channelseven uF and four uF capacitors from an unknown manufacturer.
Everything will work fine in production-line models. The set of proprietary utilities includes: Proprietary technologies and peculiarities D. Video 3Digests Video cards: Excellent results for integrated audio, HDA at that.