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MSI 645E Max2 Motherboard Review - Conclusion

For those who have been keeping up with the latest offerings from SiS, you'll immediately realize that they have been sorely lacking in the performance department. But recently they hit the streets with a new chipset that they hope will set the scales right. Come join Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he takes a look at the MSI 645E Max2 Motherboard based on the SiS 645DX chipset. By matching the Pentium 4 processor with DDR memory, SiS hopes to jump right into the middle of the enthusiast crowd. Let's see if they have what it takes!

By: | Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Jun 22, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: MSI



After going through all the tests and trials of the MSI 645E Max2, I must say that I was more than impressed. SiS driven products in the past have always been underpowered and overheated monsters that you would rather see get hit by a freight train. The SiS 645DX has proven to be a very worthy Pentium 4 contender for the value/mainstream sectors.


MSI's adaptation of the 645DX chipset was beyond our expectations. With all the extra goodies that MSI is known for, the board stands out amongst the competitors. New PCB colorings make this board a definite eye candy for people with custom window cases and hardcore modders.


Practically, the board is very fast and completely stable. We did note one issue with Maxtor ATA-100 IDE hard drives. If you ran the system in UDMA mode in BIOS, the board would refuse to work with the Maxtor unit. All other drives worked flawlessly on the system. The new SiS 962 is set to improve on the ATA system and even incorporate Serial ATA, so this may not be a very large issue in the SiS R&D Department.


- Pros


Ultra Fast




New 961B Southbridge


USB 2.0 Controller


RAID Controller




- Cons


Stability Issues with Maxtor Hard Drives


RAID controller does not support ATA mode (RAID only, No normal HDD mode)


Rating - 9/10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award



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