PE Max2 ATX Mainboard. Mainboard Specifications. CPU. Supports Socket for Intel® Pentium 4 processor. Supports up G/MHz and higher. MSI PE Max2 Motherboard. Company: MSI Product: PE Max2 MB Street Price: ~$ USD Date Reviewed: January 28, Reviewed By: Jason R. As usual, MSI is one of the first manufacturers to have adopted the new iPE chipset, and with it they produced the MSI PE Max2-FIR motherboard.
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Of course, that would assume you get CPU that overclocks at least as good as ours does. Moving on, the general layout and placement of the components on a motherboard is not something which can vary widely. Ships with the following: The auxiliary 4-pin power connector is also well placed, and in addition to those two is a standard Molex connector.
The extra power requirement is something which surely comes in handy when all those extra on board devices are being used as well. However, it seems the vast majority of motherboard makers simply aren’t including these three additional options for their PE motherboards for one reason or another.
VDIMM options went as high as 2. This should be plenty for most memory overclockers, even despite the fact that overvolting memory doesn’t yield too much better of a memory overclock to begin with.
With this very conservative overclocking setup we were able to go “only” as high as MHz FSB, or just over 2. Beginners Guides Cases and Access.
MSI 845PE Max2-FIR – motherboard – ATX – Socket 478 – i845PE Series
The only missing component is Serial ATA, but since those SATA hard drives still haven’t popped up in stores, this is something we can live with quite easily for the moment. With specs like that you can understand why I’ve just upgraded my office computer with this model 845e.
Vcore is adjustable as high as 1.
Throw in one of those optional MSI Bluetooth kits and you have one mean little red motherboard! Following the recent trends from this company we are faced with a board that has literally everything on board in the most desirable configuration that is. What’s most disappointing about the BIOS tweaking that comes with this board is the lack of any adjustable memory dividers in any shape or form.
We dry fitted this case in a standard Aopen QF50A case and found that the metal frame for the drive bays butts up against the edge of the PCB – so the board does fit without a problem. This says something about the accuracy of reading temperatures from the Pentium 4’s on-die thermal diode. One odd thing we noticed with the PC Health readings was that it consistently reported our 2.
In any case, it really isn’t a problem, but if you have a lot of CD-ROM’s and are unwilling to move to a full tower case, then it is something to keep in mind. Consumers with MHz based P4’s were still paring them up with PC memory and performance suffered consequently.
MSI PE Max2-FIR: BIOS and Overclocking – MSI PE Max2-FIR (PE)
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We would have liked to have seen if this board could reach MHz memory clock, but that doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen in any future BIOS revision.
There were some pretty decent voltage adjustments in this particular BIOS.
This was odd because nearly every Pentium 4 motherboard we’ve used have reported a CPU temperature no higher than 43C in the BIOS, with as low as 33C being reported by a select few motherboards. Front Side Bus Overclocking Testbed. DIMM sockets sometimes move around, but in general they are always in the same orientation. Again, this type of overclock is not out of the ordinary for motherboards, especially PE motherboards.