My opinions on the MSI 865PE neo2:
Well i got my motherboard today, beautiful package. Not only is hte box attractive, but it came with a usb 2.0 hub ONTOP of the 8 USB ports it has already. It came with SATA and all cables, including round IDE cables. Pretty impressive, everything you need in cabling.
Installation was as no different then any other motherboard, board layout is great. The AGP is well away from the RAM and CPu area, so i doubt i will ever need to remove it.
I sold my old motherboard and 512MB stick of RAM to a guy, and i am using hte money to buy 2gigs of DDR 400mhz....
but for now im using the 512.
Startup as fast!!! I think this is is actually utilizing the 2.4ghz. I noticed a difference in startup especially, and everything seems quite a bit 'snappier'.
THe BIOS is unlike anything i've seen.
They actually overclock the system be default. You can select different levels of overclocking
I wish there was a little more information about what these do than what military rank they correlate to...
I selected Private to start things off...
Theres also "CPU speed". Where you select either
Ultra turbo (with a warning next to it)
I've only got the stock intel heatsink, so i went fast. Going to see if i can snag a nice heatsink from a friend, so i can feel more confident with higher settings.
One more thing. The 865PE has a nice heatsink on it with a fan. And this fan blinks!!! I powerd it on and i jumped thinking i must have blown something. BUt it has LED's that flash different colors, i cant seemt to find any set pattern of which it flashes
For my first 15 minutes of using this board, it seems like a winner. Lets see if another 1.5gig of ram makes a difference...