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VIA K8T800 Pro (Socket 939) Roundup : MSI K8T Neo2-FIR
By Zachary Chan
Category : Mainboard
Published by Vijay Anand on Wednesday, 30th March, 2005


Introduction

Even though MSI has already announced their new line of Socket 939 motherboards, they are still maintaining both of their nForce3 and K8T800 Pro series. Considering that these boards still make up the bulk of the current retail market, this is a smart move by MSI. As we continue our Socket 939 VIA K8T800 Pro roundup, we take a look at MSI's top end board in their K8T Neo2 series, the K8T Neo2-FIR. The board comes fully featured with a decent choice of components. Featuring MSI's CoreCell technology, we also received some surprising overclocking results. However, let us go through the technical specifications of the K8T Neo2-FIR first.

The MSI K8T Neo2-FIR motherboard.

The MSI K8T Neo2-FIR includes the following bundle:-
  • 2 x SATA data cables
  • 1 x Ultra ATA rounded data cable
  • 1 x Floppy drive rounded data cable
  • 1 x SATA power converter cables (dual plugs)
  • USB 2.0 bracket (2 ports) with D-Bracket 2
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CD
  • Motherboard user's manual

    MSI K8T Neo2-FIR Technical Specifications
    Cpu Support
    • Supports AMD socket 939 Athlon 64 CPU
    • Supports AMD socket 939 Athlon 64 FX CPU
    • Supports AMD Cool 'n' Quiet Technology
    Chipset
    • Northbridge: VIA K8T800 Pro
      • 1GHz HyperTransport interface
      • 16-bit full duplex
      • Asynchronous bus architechture
    • Southbridge: VIA VT8237
      • 16-bit "Ultra V-Link" host controller
      • 1066MB/sec. Ultra V-Link interface
    Memory
    • Dual channel memory architecture integrated into processor
    • Four 184-pin DDR DIMM sockets
    • Supports up to 4GB using PC1600 (DDR200), PC2100 (DDR266), PC2700 (DDR333) and PC3200 (DDR400) unbuffered DDR SDRAM DIMM
    Storage
    • VIA VT8237 Southbridge
      • 2 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
      • 2 x SATA (Serial ATA 1.5Gbps interface)
      • VIA V-RAID SATA controller, Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD
    • Promise PCD20579 RAID controller
      • 2 x SATA (Serial ATA 1.5Gbps interface)
      • 1 x Ultra ATA 66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
      • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 0+1
    Audio
    • Realtek ALC850 8-channel audio CODEC
    • Optical/Coaxial S/PDIF Out
    LAN
    • Realtek RTL8110S-32 Gigabit Ethernet
    IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
    • VIA Fire II VT6306 Host Controller
    • 3 x IEEE 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
    I/O Interface
    • 1 x Floppy connector
    • 3 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
    • 4 x SATA connectors
    • 8 x USB 2.0 ports (4 x rear, 2 x bracket, 2 x header)
    • 3 x IEEE 1394a ports (2 x rear, 1 x header)
    • 1 x RJ45 LAN port
    • 1 x Optical S/PDIF Output
    • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
    • 8-Channel Audio I/O ports
    • 1 x CD-IN
    • 1 x 9-pin serial port
    • 1 x parallel port (SPP/EPP/ECP)
    • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
    • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
    Expansion Slots
    • 1 x AGP 8x slot
    • 5 x PCI slots
    Special Features
    • CoreCell
    • DigiCell
    • Live Update 3
    • CoreCenter
    • D.O.T (Dynamic Overclocking Technology)
    PCB
    • ATX form factor 305 x 244 mm
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