When one talks about the server and workstation markets and the motherboards used in those markets, most people would immediately think of motherboard manufacturers like Supermicro and Tyan who have historically dominated these areas. However, MSI is now quite a large force in the server and workstation markets. As far as OEM contracts are concerned, at least two of the top four PC OEMs in the world use MSI motherboards in some of their workstation and server models. This type of support is a huge win for MSI, as it validates MSI as a reliable motherboard maker in markets that are known to be very timid when it comes to adopting anything new or innovative.

MSI doesn't just hold server and workstation motherboard wins either; their video cards (NVIDIA-based) are featured in multiple models from lots of different OEMs, including some of the top 4 OEMs in the world. MSI is even gaining market share in the enthusiast and gaming markets with their NVIDIA-powered video cards, despite tough competition from Gainward, Leadtek, and eVGA, in addition to the more motherboard-oriented companies like ABIT, ASUS, Chaintech, and Albatron.

So today we take a look at MSI's latest creation, the MSI 845PE Max2-FIR, yet another 845PE motherboard. This motherboard is, quite simply, one heck of a feature-packed product, and we think you'll like what it has to offer.

Motherboard Specifications

CPU Interface
Socket-478
Chipset
Intel 82845PE MCH
Intel 82801DB ICH
Bus Speeds
100 - 200MHz (in 1MHz increments)
Core Voltages Supported
up to 1.80V (in 0.025V increments)
I/O Voltages Supported
N/A
DRAM Voltages Supported
up to 2.8V in 0.05V increments
Memory Slots
3 184-pin DDR DIMM Slots
Expansion Slots
1 AGP 4X Slot
6 PCI Slots
Onboard RAID
Promise PDC20276
Onboard USB 2.0/IEEE-1394
USB 2.0 Supported through South Bridge
VIA VT6306 FireWire Controller
Onboard LAN
Intel RC82540EM Gigabit LAN
Onboard Audio
C-Media CMI8738
Onboard Serial ATA
N/A
BIOS Revision
A6704IMS V1.2B24 100802
MSI 845PE Max2-FIR Ver. 1: Basic Features

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