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MSI P45 Neo-F review

Alan Lu
23 Feb 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
72
inc VAT

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Specifications

LGA775, ATX, Intel P45 chipset, supports: Celeron Dual Core, Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Extreme

MSI's P45 Neo-F is one of the cheapest Intel motherboards here at £72 including VAT. The Neo doesn't have a second PCI Express x16 graphics card slot as Foxconn's P43A does, but it has two PCI Express x1 slots rather than just one.

Like all the other Intel motherboards here, the Neo has ports for a set of analogue 7.1 surround-sound speakers. It's the only motherboard here without any S/PDIF outputs, though, so you'll need to add a dedicated sound card if you want to output digital sound.

In addition to its four USB ports, the Neo has four USB headers, so you can use brackets to add four more USB ports. This is fewer than the P43A offers, but it should be more than enough for most people.

Like Foxconn's P43A, the Neo lacks some of the more advanced storage features found on the other Intel motherboards here. It doesn't have any FireWire ports or headers and lacks an eSATA port, although brackets to convert SATA ports cost only a few pounds. It's also one of just two Intel motherboards here not to have a built-in RAID controller for linking multiple hard disks together. If you really want RAID, you can buy an expansion card that provides these features.

MSI's P45 Neo-F isn't a bad motherboard, but unless you can buy it for less or you need the extra PCI Express x1 slot, there's little reason to choose it over Foxconn's P43A. It has more features but doesn't cost any more money.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
Processor socketLGA775
Form factorATX
Size220x305mm
Processor supportCeleron Dual Core, Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Extreme
Processor external bus400MHz (1,600MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Chipset north bridgeIntel P45
Chipset south bridgeIntel ICH10
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsNo
Supported memory typeDDR2 667/800/1066
Maximum memory speedPC2-8500
Memory slots4
Maximum memory16GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£72
Supplierhttp://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop
Detailswww.msicomputer.co.uk

Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 4-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots1
Dual graphics architecturenone
PCI-E x4 slots0
PCI-E x1 slots2
PCI slots3
Fan headers2
Floppy ports1
IDE ports1
Serial ATA ports6
RAID chipset (max disks)none

Features

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Realtek ALC888 (6x analogue out)
USB2 ports / headers4/4
Firewire ports / headers0/0
Legacy ports2x PS/2, parallel, serial
Other portsnone
Cables included1x SATA, 1x IDE, 1x Molex to SATA power
Brackets includednone
Software includednone

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustment800MHz

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