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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MSI 845PE Max2-FIR – motherboard – ATX – Socket 478 – i845PE Series

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. The auxiliary 4-pin power connector is also well placed, and in addition to those two is a standard Molex connector.

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What’s most disappointing about the BIOS tweaking that comes with this board is the ,ax2 of any adjustable memory dividers in any shape or form. 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. Moving on, the general layout and placement of the components on a motherboard is not something which can vary widely.

Privacy policy and Terms of Use. This amount of info is about the norm as far as PC Health sections and Hardware Monitors are 845pf. 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.


Of course, that would assume you get CPU that overclocks at least as good as ours does. This says something about the accuracy of reading temperatures from the Pentium 4’s on-die thermal diode.

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. Again, this type of overclock is not out of the ordinary for motherboards, especially PE motherboards.

The extra power requirement is something which surely comes in handy when all those extra on board devices are being used as well.

MSI 845PE Max2-FIR (845PE)

Log in Don’t have an account? 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. VAGP was very good too, being adjustable as high as 1. With specs like that you can understand why I’ve just upgraded my office computer with this model board.

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Vcore is adjustable as high as 845le. However, this isn’t too much of a limitation, as running over 1. VDIMM options went as high as 2. Sign up now Username Password Remember Me.

Consumers with MHz based P4’s were still paring them up with PC memory and performance suffered consequently. 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.


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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 845ppe with a board that has literally everything on board in the most desirable configuration that is. This feature has played a key part in allowing numerous users to overclock their FSB to very high speeds. There were no onboard jumpers or switches that could have changed the BIOS settings with this motherboard 845;e.

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DIMM sockets sometimes move around, but in general they are always in the same orientation. Ships with the following: 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. One odd thing we noticed with the PC Health readings was that it consistently reported our 2. Beginners Guides Cases and Access. With this very conservative overclocking setup we were able to go “only” as high as MHz FSB, or just over 2.