The K8T Neo-FIS2R supports the Socket 754-class of Athlon64
processor, which at this time is limited to the Athlon64 3000+ or Athlon64 3200+ processors. The Athlon64
FX51-class processors are not compatible whatsoever, and if you don't already know, require a socket 940 Athlon64
The three DDR DIMM slots can handle up to 2GB of up to PC3200 DDR RAM.
In terms of goodies, the board has native Serial ATA support, an additional Serial
ATA RAID controller, a third Ultra/133 IDE channel, IEEE 1394 and a Realtek Gigabit LAN
Up close and personal
In typical MSI fashion
the motherboard is red in colour. The layout of the board is nice, with the
main IDE/floppy and ATX power connectors in their ideal location to the right of
the DIMM slots. You won't have to remove the videocard to get to the system
MSI place all the headers (USB, front panel I/O,
Serial ATA) at the bottom edge of the motherboard, this way it keeps the cables
out of the way of the other system devices.
MSI was the first manufacturer to place heatsinks on the MOSFETs and they
seem to work quite well as they did get warm during testing. The board is full ATX
in size, so it is best installed in a mid-to-full tower chassis.