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Review: MSI GNB MAX Granite Bay

by Tarinder Sandhu on 19 November 2002, 00:00

Tags: MSI

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Specification

Processors

  • Supports all Socket 478 CPUs (400FSB & 533FSB)

Chipset

  • North bridge: Intel E7205 MCH
  • South bridge: Intel ICH4

System Memory

  • 4 x 184-pin DDR SDRAM (2 sets of 2 DIMMS for dual-channel support)
  • DDR200 / DDR266 support @ 2.5v
  • 4GB maximum system RAM
  • Dual-DDR support is only available with DIMMS of equal size and configuration)

Slots

  • AGP Pro slot, 8x / 4x AGP compliant (50 watts +) (0.8/1.5 support only)
  • 5 x 32-bit PCI 33MHz slots

On-board peripherals - I/O

  • 1 floppy port supports 2 FDD
  • 3 Audio Jacks for CMI8738 sound chipset
  • Intel RC8254OEM Gigabit LAN (1000 Mbit/s)
  • 6 USB2.0 connectors
  • 3 IEEE 1394a Firewire ports
  • S/PIDF-OutA
  • PS/2 ports

On-board IDE

  • An IDE controller on the ICH4 chipset provides IDE HDD/CD-ROM with PIO, Bus Master and Ultra DMA 100/66 operation modes
  • Promise PDC20376 RAID controller
  • Ultra DMA/ATA133, 100, 66, 33 operation modes
  • RAID 0 and RAID 1 support
  • Supports 2 S-ATA drives and a standard IDE port (2 channels)

Integrated Components

  • Intel RC8254OEM Gigabit LAN (10/100/1000 Mbit/s)
  • CMI 8738 6-channel sound chip
  • VIA 6306 Firewire controller chip.

Other features

  • Custom backplane
  • 2 usable fan headers
  • Bluetooth support
  • S-Bracket (audio support)
  • D-Bracket2 (USB2.0, Bluetooth, and diagnostic support)
  • Firewire bracket.
  • Fuzzy Logic Windows-based overclocking software

I'll skip over the contents of this particular motherboard's package. It's open to revision. Expect MSI's trademark box-filling brackets and extras. Although our review version shipped with a DBracket2 and Sound Bracket, no manuals were present. This will surely change for the full retail form.