MSI 845E Max - motherboard - ATX - Socket 478 - i845E

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MSI 845E Max - motherboard - ATX - Socket 478 - i845E

MSI specializes in the design and manufacturing of mainboards, interface cards, and barebones. In the rapidly changing information technology industry...

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Review of "MSI 845E Max - motherboard - ATX - Socket 478 - i845E"

published 12/04/2004 | Rabid
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Pro Fast, cheap, stable, excellent support and v good manual
Cons Requires a minimum of Win ME upwards
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"MSi 845E Max (6566e) Pentium 4 motherboard"

Ive been using the MSi 845E max (6566e) motherboard for the past 2 years and it still performs as stable now as it did back then.

The board itself is very well packaged and comes with all the usual extras including drivers CD and IDE cables for both CD-roms/hard drives and floppy disc aswell as an excellently informative and well laid out manual.

The 845E Max by MSi supports all Pentium 4 processors as well as Celerons upto 3.06 ghz using the built in 845E Intel chipset and includes full support for both 133mhz front side bus (FSB) quad pumped (133 x 4 = 533 fsb) Pentium 4's and 184 pin PC 2100 (266mhz) DDR memory upto 2 ghz, there are 2 available memory slots which is plenty for most people and i whole heartedly recommend firstly adding 1 x 512mb of DDR to the motherboard so as to leave 1 free DDR slot if you ever chose to add more ram at a later date, this motherboard however does NOT support sdram which is now considered obsolete for P4 boards anyway.

Onboard sound is also provided as standard with this motherboard using the AC 97 sound chip and the drivers for the sound have been updated frequently on MSi's website so there should be no problem for anyone into gaming who needs the latest sound drivers.

On the subject of driver updates i really should take this time to explain a little regarding one of the best features surrounding this motherboard (and indeed MSi's motherboards in general) included on the supplied CD is a small program called 'Live update' (requires an internet connection) now what this does is basically scan your motherboard on request to see what version drivers you have installed for both the motherboard, sound and bios and then if these are out-dated you have the very simple task of just clicking on update and your chosen driver updates are done for you with nothing else required, its extremely simple and straightforward and a massive bonus of this and other MSi motherboards to have included.

The 845E max is a typical ATX motherboard and therefore will fit into most (if not all) modern desktops and the exact size dimensions are...

Width 30.5 cm
Depth 20 cm

Heres a full list of the included supported features of this motherboard as specified by MSi themseoves on thier website...

Expansion Slots Total (Free) 1 ( 1 ) x processor - Socket 478
1 ( 1 ) x AGP 4x ( 1.5 V )
2 ( 2 ) x memory ( 2.5 V ) - DIMM 184-PIN
1 ( 1 ) x CNR
6 ( 6 ) x PCI ( 3.3 V/ 5 V )
Interfaces 1 x storage - floppy interface - 34 PIN IDC
2 x serial - RS-232 - 9 pin D-Sub (DB-9)
1 x parallel - IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP) - 25 pin D-Sub (DB-25)
2 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type A
2 x storage - DMA/ATA-100 (Ultra) - 40 PIN IDC
1 x keyboard - generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style)
1 x mouse - generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style)
1 x audio - line-In - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
1 x audio - line-out - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
1 x microphone - input - mini-phone mono 3.5 mm
1 x gameport / MIDI - generic - 15 pin D-Sub (DB-15)
1 x audio - line-In - 4 PIN MPC

This motherboard has proven to be extremely stable for me and has produced no problems whatsoever in 2 years of constant use, it is fast, stable and easy to install/use.

One downside i really must mention however is that this motherboard does NOT support Windows 98 or older, you must have Windows ME (Millenium) Windows 2000 or Windows XP in order to use this motherboard, its perhaps a small downer but one that can be forgiven as most people tend to use Windows XP these days anyway.

Thas basically all i can think of regarding this product, i highly recommend it to anyone who needs a fast, stable Pentium 4 motherbaord that supports DDR memory, this board can be picked up for as little as £45 online and therefore comes VERY recommended by me, i paid £70 two years ago and im still happy so at a lower cost you really should be checking this motherboard out.

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  • elenio published 18/05/2005
    u can never fault an MSI board. I have one myself - but the athlon 1.
  • pesky33 published 13/04/2004
    the reason i said helpful and not VH was because you didn't include much of your personal experiences of the motherboard.
  • jesi published 13/04/2004
    Looks good - of course completely over my head - but definitely helpful as an auxiliary source when I compare things - ~(:-)-{::::::::::|<
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Product Information : MSI 845E Max - motherboard - ATX - Socket 478 - i845E

Manufacturer's product description

MSI specializes in the design and manufacturing of mainboards, interface cards, and barebones. In the rapidly changing information technology industry, MSI has certainly become a vital link in the chain of leading-edge technology. MSI is strongly aware that the only way to gain the confidence of customers is to constantly challenge itself. Providing high-quality assurance and customer trust has always been MSI's foremost goal. MSI's entire manufacturing and production process, from the selection of parts, the preparation of materials, to the assembly of products has to go through various demanding automatic and manual inspection steps. MSI also uses the finest precision equipment to minimize the defect rate. The MSI 845E Max is based on Intel 845E and ICH4 chipsets for optimal system efficiency and delivers a high performance and professional desktop platform solution.

Product Details

Product Description: MSI 845E Max - motherboard - ATX - Socket 478 - i845E, MSI 845E Max - motherboard - ATX - Socket 478

Product Type: Motherboard - ATX

Chipset Type: Intel 845E

Processor Socket: 1 x Socket 478

Compatible Processors: Pentium 4

Max RAM Size: 2 GB

RAM Supported: DDR unbuffered

Storage Ports: 2 x ATA

USB Ports Configuration: 2 x USB

Audio: Stereo, 6-channel audio


MPN: 845E MAX, MS-6566E, MS-845EMAX, MS-6566E-040R, MS-6566E-010

Product Type: Motherboard - ATX

Chipset Type: Intel 845E

Max Bus Speed: 533 MHz

Processor Socket: Socket 478

Max Processors Qty: 1

Compatible Processors: Pentium 4

Supported RAM

Max Size: 2 GB

Technology: DDR

Bus Clock: 266 MHz, 200 MHz

Speed: PC2100, PC1600

Registered or Buffered: Unbuffered


Type: Stereo, 6-channel audio

Compliant Standards: AC '97

Audio Codec: Realtek ALC202A

Expansion / Connectivity

Expansion Slot(s): 1 x CPU ¦ 1 x AGP 4x ( 1.5 V ) ¦ 2 x DIMM 184-pin ( 2.5 V ) ¦ 1 x CNR ¦ 6 x PCI ( 3.3 V/ 5 V )

Storage Interfaces: ATA-100 - connector(s): 2 x 40pin IDC

Interfaces: 2 x serial ¦ 1 x parallel ¦ 2 x USB 2.0 ¦ 1 x PS/2 keyboard ¦ 1 x PS/2 mouse ¦ 1 x audio line-in - mini-jack ¦ 1 x audio line-out - mini-jack ¦ 1 x microphone - mini-jack ¦ 1 x gameport / MIDI - generic - 15 pin D-Sub (DB-15)

Internal Interfaces: 1 x floppy ¦ 1 x audio - 4 pin MPC



BIOS Features: ACPI support, APM support, DMI support

Manual Settings: Processor core voltage, memory voltage, AGP slot voltage, memory bus frequency

Hardware Monitoring: CPU core temperature, chassis temperature, CPU fan tachometer, chassis fan tachometer, system voltage, CPU core voltage

Sleep / Wake Up: Keyboard wake up, wake on modem (WOM), wake on LAN (WOL), mouse wake up, wake on USB port, wake on ring (WOR)

Hardware Features: Chassis intrusion detection, D-Bracket connector


Software Included: Drivers & Utilities, PC Alert III, Live BIOS, Live Driver, Fuzzy Logic 4, Live Monitor

Compliant Standards: Plug and Play

Width: 30.5 cm

Depth: 20 cm

Package Type: Retail

Environmental Parameters

Max Storage Temperature: 60 °C


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