Summary: MSI™ 865PE Neo2 overtakes the "Best of Tom's 2003" Award at 865PE chipset category. Among 24 top-notch motherboards competition, 865PE Neo2 has won the award decently.
Comments: Interesting overclocking features for less ambitious users increase performance. It is the fastest board overall in the test field. There is also a broad range of features, which leaves hardly any wish unanswered. ...All in all, the board costs just under $... This will set the competition thinking.
865PE Neo2-FIS2R (MS-6728) MSI™ 865PE Neo2-FIS2R equips MAT (Memory Acceleration Technology), delivering up to extra memory performance under Turbo and Ultra Turbo mode. D.O.T. (Dynamic Overclocking Technology) was MSI™ exclusive technology to boost CPU performance while the system utilization is high. Featuring Intel ICH5R south bridge and onboard Promise RAID controller, 865PE Neo2-FIS2R can set up multiple disk-array with RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 0+1. Intel PRO /1000CT gigabit networking solution and CSA architecture provides 2X gigabit network performance than other LOB (LAN on board) solutions.
865PE Neo2-FIS2R not only optimizes the cooling, but also offer S-ATA interface and bundles round cable to improve internal airflow of desktop system. Color install is another feature that MSI™ introduce in this motherboard. Pin header of the same function will be identified with the same color, by annotation aside. User can easily install cable from housing without confusion.