MSI K8N Neo MS7030 Review :: Conclusion

05-28-2004 · Category: Motherboards

By Doc Overclock

The only thing I can really complain about is the navigation of MSI's website, as finding their drivers, manuals and other downloads was a bit tedious to get to in comparison to other major manufacturers. I will make it easy for you though, just follow this link. The board itself in the overall picture is done fairly well, but there are a few exceptions to the rule. I still feel the power connections should be situated in a place very relative to each other and not across the board, and the native SATA controllers should also have been placed together instead of being located so far apart. After that things do look up for the board. The boards design did offer some solutions that we reviewers have been harping on for years now, and that is the relationship between the AGP slot and the memory controllers. Traditionally the AGP card had to be removed in order to access your DIMM slots if you ever wanted to upgrade or change your memory and with this design that problem has been eliminated.

The K8N-NEO (MS-7030) offered solid, stable and compatible performance along with a very robust driver and software package that will appeal too many users. In the end, the good by far outweighs the bad leaving me very satisfied with this board. Performance wise the new 250Gb board was about on par with its peers, but the features of the board are outstanding and that is what makes this a solid product. The Firewall options available are very impressive and geared for the LAN gamer that needs flexibility in addition to stability. The on-board Realtek ALC850 chipset delivers the best product and GUI yet offered by them, but still sounds a bit tinny for it to be personal favorite, although others may not be so picky and like it just fine. I have to give hats off to MSI just for being the first to market this new chipset board, as the motherboard industry is a very dog eat dog market and every little bit counts. People will like this board and I can recommend it if you want a very nice board for your AMD Socket 754 platform. Another good job by the folks at MSI, the K8N-NEO is a solid Editor's Choice product.