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OK guys Im sure some of you have read my thread in the Sys builders section of the forums and know im about to do a new upgrade. I had my mind set on the DFI P45 board. Well my friend just bought a whole new i7 set-up with the MSI eclipse board and 3 MSI 260's. His current rig has a MSI P45 NEO2-FR board thats maybe 2 weeks old.(his 780i took a crap on him and he couldn't wait for the i7's)(daddy's money.. must be nice ehe?) But now that his order is in the mail and should be in by Monday or Tuesday, he wants to sell me his P45 for 85$. Nice price right? I get all the goodies and the box it came in also (if i need to return it, its still under warranty from MSI and newegg)


My question here is.. Is this board worth a shit.. or at least 85$. I know that MSI's P45 Platinum board is a good board judging from the reviews Ive seen and the latest article in Bit-Tech about the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2008

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2008/11/16/msi-s-master-overclocking-arena-2008/1 <-- (good reading when you get the time)

But its not the NEO2....they were using the Platinum edition board. Have any of you heard anything good about this board and/or is there anyone using this board that could help me make my decision either to buy it or not? I would also like to know if this thing can OC like the ASUS P45's or the DFI's...

In order to better help you make your comments I will be using a :respect:E8500 (E0 stepping), 2 gigs of ram, a CORSAIR HX620 PSU, and a MSI GTX260 (the 192..:shadedshu not 216) only reason im buying that card is that is already :respect:214$ at the egg, and that's a DAMN good price on a card of that performance value.:rockout: I will ONLY run a single card configuration.. no need for the extra GPU's.Here is a Picture to help you understand what im talkn about..


Thank you for your time... any and all feedback will be greatly appreciated :toast:
 
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i have the platinum board but the only difference is the neo2 doesn't have e-sata(and something else i cant remember)

Overclock - damn these things are good. ive got my FSB at 470 running fine.

one thing for you to remember - it will have insane default voltages so you will be able to overclock a fair way before touching the voltages

i would definately get it for $85.


ok i found the other differences, NEO2 doesn't have Optical SPDIF. the platinum does native DDR2 1200 but the NEO2 only supports DDR2 1066
 
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I am using a MSI M-ATX board in the PC i am using right now(secondary system).

And it has been working for a long time now, i cant OC even if i wanted because the BIOS is ancient.lol
 
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msi boards are nice, get it
 
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I've only bought 2 MSI boards in my life and they are both pretty good but not as good as other brands like Asus or DFI.
 

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I am using a MSI M-ATX board in the PC i am using right now(secondary system).

And it has been working for a long time now, i cant OC even if i wanted because the BIOS is ancient.lol
Are they just hidden? the older MSI boards have a key combination that you press and they appear. it's something like hold Shift+F3 and press Alt+F1 or something(don't quote me on that though because im not sure)
 
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Are they just hidden? the older MSI boards have a key combination that you press and they appear. it's something like hold Shift+F3 and press Alt+F1 or something(don't quote me on that though because im not sure)
Could be, its a Socket 939 board, but it should still have the options available somewhere.

I could give some key combination's a try, because i cant see anything in the BIOS.
 
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Getting the MSI Eclipse x58 board.
 

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Getting the MSI Eclipse x58 board.
I have no use for Core i7, since its not a big leap in gaming performance.

If i can get my main PC working(Please visit below thread to help me!!), I will be fine with my QX6700.
 

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Could be, its a Socket 939 board, but it should still have the options available somewhere.

I could give some key combination's a try, because i cant see anything in the BIOS.
press shift and f2 and while holding those press alt and f3
try that combination
 
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I have the P45 Neo2 FR (Platinum) since yesterday and i am very chuffed with it.
I upgraded from the MSI P35 Platinum and this board :rockout:.
Took my Q6600 from stock to 3.6 only changing the FSB and voltage.
It's the same board minus a few options as the P45 Platinum. And that board broke 600 FSB. on air.;)
 

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I have the P45 Neo2 FR (Platinum) since yesterday and i am very chuffed with it.
I upgraded from the MSI P35 Platinum and this board :rockout:.
Took my Q6600 from stock to 3.6 only changing the FSB and voltage.
It's the same board minus a few options as the P45 Platinum. And that board broke 600 FSB. on air.;)
600............air............:eek:......................ok, time for me to raise mine alot further:rockout:

and can i ask what your FSB voltage is?
 
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I've had MSI before, and they are nice, until you update the BIOS. Then they go funky, probably just my bad luck, but my P35 Neo2-FR went from flat out stable and an overclocking god, to only stable at stock.
 

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I've had MSI before, and they are nice, until you update the BIOS. Then they go funky, probably just my bad luck, but my P35 Neo2-FR went from flat out stable and an overclocking god, to only stable at stock.
mine went the other way, i could not overclock much with the original BIOS. Flashed with UEFI BIOS and it's all good.

UEFI:rockout:
 
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mine went the other way, i could not overclock much with the original BIOS. Flashed with UEFI BIOS and it's all good.

UEFI:rockout:
Never used UEFI, so can't comment :)
 
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I had 2 MSI boards until now, Socket A, couldn't handle the OC and heat from my mobile Barton and pooped and died in 6 months, 939 just with 1.5 yrs, didn't die but had to retire because of some annoyance. Don't want to go to MSI anymore bye bye.
 
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600............air............:eek:......................ok, time for me to raise mine alot further:rockout:

and can i ask what your FSB voltage is?
I left everything on auto except 1.45v for the cpu and 2.1v for the ram.
Booted right away at 9x400 3.6 Ghz. :rockout:After flashing the latest bios i must say.
Before that i could not even oc to 3.0 Ghz.:confused:
Tomorrow i get my Firestix, then i will do some real testing.

Btw i am glad i stuck with MSI. The boards they make now are top notch.
Never had any problems with my P35 platinum.
Great oc board for the money. Also goes for this one i think.
 

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Never used UEFI, so can't comment :)
Well it has
- 3 stupid games:wtf:
- internet connectivity(soon to be internet browser and Instant messaging):wtf:
- HDD backup tool:wtf:
- Live BIOS update:wtf:
- Custom Boot Screen maker:wtf:
- something else i cant remember but i know it is another:wtf:
- Full 32bit colour:eek:
- Mouse control:D
- alot more OCing options:rockout:
and thats all in the BIOS so WTF do you need an OS for:laugh:
 
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