945PL Neo3

Overview

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Live Update 5

MSI Live Update 5 is a powerful and useful application for updating the latest BIOS and Drivers, saving you time and lowers the risk of updating. End-users can install and run the Live Update 5 software on their computers with the companion CD or downloading the app from the MSI website.

Features
- Automatically Detect the BIOS/Driver/VGA/Utility Update
- Support Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 32/64bit

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Core Center

The all-in-one hardware console is an advanced combination of the popular PC alert and Fuzzy logic applications. It offers powerful functions such as hardware monitor, system alert, and instinctive overclocking UI.
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DIGI Cell

This program is a kind of control center for the motherboard. DigiCell has its own tools for monitoring network connections. And it has an integrated Power On Agent utility that can start up and shut down the computer according to a schedule.

MSI Reminds You...

  1. The specifications may differ from areas and we keep the right to change without notice. Please check the specific Specification with your local dealers.
  2. The color of the product might be affected by photography and the monitor's setting, which might be different from the real product.

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Live Update 5

MSI Live Update 5 is a powerful and useful application for updating the latest BIOS and Drivers, saving you time and lowers the risk of updating. End-users can install and run the Live Update 5 software on their computers with the companion CD or downloading the app from the MSI website.

Features
- Automatically Detect the BIOS/Driver/VGA/Utility Update
- Support Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 32/64bit

featurePic

Core Center

The all-in-one hardware console is an advanced combination of the popular PC alert and Fuzzy logic applications. It offers powerful functions such as hardware monitor, system alert, and instinctive overclocking UI.
featurePic

DIGI Cell

This program is a kind of control center for the motherboard. DigiCell has its own tools for monitoring network connections. And it has an integrated Power On Agent utility that can start up and shut down the computer according to a schedule.

Basic Specifications

Socket 775
CPU (Max Support) Core 2 Duo
FSB/BCLK/Hyper Transport Bus 533/800
Chipset Intel® 945PL+ICH7
DDR2 Memory DDR2 400/533
Memory Channel Dual
DIMM Slots 4
Max Memory (GB) 2
PCI-Ex16 1
PCI-E Gen Gen1 (1x16)
PCI-Ex1 1
PCI 4
IDE 1
SATAII 4
LAN 10/100/1000*1
USB 2.0 ports (Rear) 4
Audio ports (Rear) 6
Serial ports (Rear) 1
Parallel ports (Rear) 1
Form Factor ATX

 

The Specification may change without notice. The actual products sold are different from areas. Please check the detailed Specification with your local dealers.

 

Detail Specifications


CPU

• Supports Socket 775 for Intel® P4 5XX, 6XX, P4EE, Pentium D 8XX, 9XX, Core 2 Duo and Celeron D processors.
• Supports FSB 800/533MHz.
• Supports EIST technology.
• Supports Intel® Hyper-Threading technology.
• Supports Intel® Dual Core Technology to 800MHz and up.
Please refer to CPU Support for compatible CPU; the above description is for reference only.

MSI Reminds You...
• According to the Intel North Bridge 945PL chipset spec, this board supports CPU of FSB 800MHz at maximum by default . However, you may let your board running at FSB 1066MHz (Core 2 Duo CPUs) by overclocking and adjusting the CPU FSB frequency in the BIOS:
Enter BIOS setup menu and go to [Cell_Menu] --> [Adjust CPU FSB Frequency]. There you can adjust the value to [266] for the Core 2 Duo E6300/E6400/E6600/E6700 CPUs.
Please be noted that this is over-spec, and this overclocking behavior is not recommended and guaranteed.
*This is for PCB 2.2 only.



Chipset

Intel® 945PL Chipset
- Supports FSB 533/800MHz.
- Supports PCI Express x 16 graphics interface.
- Supports dual channel, DDR2 400/533 (2GB Maximum)

Intel® ICH7 Chipset
- Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0) controller, 480Mb/sec, up to 8 ports.
- 4 SATAII ports with transfer rate up to 3Gb/s.
- 1 channel Ultra ATA 100 bus master IDE controller.
- PCI Master v2.3, I/O APIC.
- ACPI 2.0 compliant.


Main Memory

• Supports four unbuffered DIMM of 1.8 Volt DDR2 DRAM
• Supports up to 2GB memory size.
• Supports dual channel DDR2 memory architecture.
• Supports DDR2 533/400 memory interface.


Slots

• One PCI Express x16 slot. (supports PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant)
• One PCI Express x1 slots. (support PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant)
• Four 32-bit v2.3 master PCI bus slots. (support 3.3v/5v PCI bus interface)


On-Board IDE/SATA


• One Ultra DMA 66/100 IDE controllers integrated in ICH7.
- Supports PIO, Bus Master operation modes.
- Can connect up to two Ultra ATA drives.

• SATAII controller integrated in ICH7
- Up to 3Gb/s transfer speed.
- Can connect up to four SATAII devices.


Audio

• AC97 link controller integrated in Intel® ICH7 chip.
Realtek® ALC850 8 channels audio codec .
- Meet PC2001 audio performance requirement
- Compliance with AC97 V2.3 spec.



LAN


Realtek® RTL8100C/8110SC
- Supports 10/100/1000 Mb/s.
- Compliane with PCI 2.2.
- Supports ACPI Power Management.


Internal I/O Connectors

- ATX 24-Pin power connector
- 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
- CPU / System / Power FAN connectors
- CD-in connector
- Clear CMOS jumper
- Chassis intrusion switch connector
- IrDA infrared module header
- Serial port connector
- Front panel audio connector
- Front panel connector
- 2 x USB 2.0 connector support additional 4 ports
- 1 x Floppy disk drive connector
- 4 x Serial ATAII connectors
- 1 x ATA100 HD connectors

MSI Reminds You...
• The floppy disk cable will be optional.


Back Panel I/O Ports

- 1 x Parallel port
- 1 x Serial port (COM 1)
- 1 x PS/2 keyboard
- 1 x PS/2 mouse
- 1 x 6 in 1 audio jack (S/SPDIF out for PCB 1.x only)
- 4 x USB 2.0 ports
- 1 x RJ45 LAN jacks


BIOS

• The motherboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and
expansion cards of the board automatically.
• The motherboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your
motherboard specifications.


Dimension

• 30.5cm(L) x 22.5cm(W) ATX Form Factor

Mounting

• 6 mounting holes.


Product Accessories


MSI Reminds You...
• The accessories will probably be different according to the different selling areas of product models. For details of accessories, please refer to the descriptions on the product package.

 

The Specification may change without notice. The actual products sold are different from areas. Please check the detailed Specification with your local dealers.

 

Awards

BIOS

*Please download and execute the file in USB pen drive only. System will restart several times to update ME firmware after updated system BIOS. Please DO NOT remove the USB pen drive until ME update sucessfully. *Please make sure you have read the SOP before you update the BIOS. SOP Download: BIOS & ME update SOP *MSI recommend you to update BIOS with ME8 only if you are using IvyBridge 22nm CPU. **Please reinstall driver after updating BIOS with ME8. OS: Windows 7 OS: Windows XP

!Attention:

Users who download BIOS from here (not using Live Update) should use the flash utility included in the downloaded compressed file when doing the BIOS update. To avoid BIOS update failure, please do not use older versions of the update utility or utilities not provided by MSI.


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
Description - Enable "Auto Disable PCI clock" function in the BIOS.
Version 7.4
Type AMI BIOS Release Date 2007-09-03
Download download File Size 0 MB
Note About how to flash the BIOS, please refer to BIOS flash SOP
Description - Update CPU Micro Code.
- Add safety recover function to revert BIOS into default setting when system unable to boot due to overclocking.
To enable the function please press the reset button or power button 3 times.
Version 7.3
Type AMI BIOS Release Date 2007-06-12
Download download File Size 0 MB
Note About how to flash the BIOS, please refer to BIOS flash SOP
click here

Live Update 5

DISCLAIMER:
Live Update 5 utility is only intended for MSI Desktop PC related products (motherboards and graphics cards) usage. This utility doesn’t support any MSI Notebook (NB and Tablet PC) or AIO product, while installed might experience unexpected errors. If it happens that you have installed Live Update 5 on your Notebook or AIO system, please uninstall it then perform system restart.

Live Update 5 is a powerful update tool with user-friendly interface, provides an automatic scan and download for your MSI products. Using this service to keep your system in the most updated environment.

Live Update 5 supports the following MSI product lines and items:
Motherboards: Drivers/BIOS/Utilities;
Graphics Cards: Drivers/BIOS

Click here to read the instruction

Driver

Vista 64,Vista 32,XP 64,XP 32,Win 2000,Win 98,Win 98 SE,WinServer 2003 32,Win Me,Win 95

!Special Note:

The Drivers provided here are exclusively for MSI products only. MSI takes no responsibility for any damage resulted from improper usage or lack of technical expertise.


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
Intel INF Drivers for 945/955/965/975/Q3x/P3x/G3x/X3x Chipsets
Description • Support for the Intel 945/955/965/975/Q3x/P3x/G3x/X3x Chipset.
• Supports 2000/XP/XP64/2003 Server/Vista32/Vista64
• Ver : 8.3.0.1013

Version
Type System & Chipset Drivers Release Date 2008-01-16
OS WinServer 2003 32
Download download File Size 0 MB
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Intel INF Drivers for 945/955/965/975/Q3x/P3x/G3x/X3x Chipsets
Description • Support for the Intel 945/955/965/975/Q3x/P3x/G3x/X3x Chipset.
• Supports 2000/XP/XP64/2003 Server/Vista32/Vista64
• Ver : 8.3.0.1013

Version
Type System & Chipset Drivers Release Date 2008-01-16
OS Vista 64, Vista 32, XP 32
Download download File Size 0 MB
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Realtek Gigabit Ethernet Drivers
Description XP/200/98SE/ME/NT Ver: 5.687.0225.2008
WinXP 64 Ver : 5.671.0601.2007
Win Vista Ver: 6.208.0729.2008
Version
Type On-Board LAN Drivers Release Date 2008-09-04
OS XP 32, Win 2000, Win 98, Win 98 SE, Win Me, Win 95
Download download File Size 0 MB
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Realtek Gigabit Ethernet Drivers
Description XP/200/98SE/ME/NT Ver: 5.687.0225.2008
WinXP 64 Ver : 5.671.0601.2007
Win Vista Ver: 6.208.0729.2008
Version
Type On-Board LAN Drivers Release Date 2008-09-04
OS Vista 64, Vista 32
Download download File Size 0 MB
Note
Realtek Gigabit Ethernet Drivers
Description XP/200/98SE/ME/NT Ver: 5.687.0225.2008
WinXP 64 Ver : 5.671.0601.2007
Win Vista Ver: 6.208.0729.2008
Version
Type On-Board LAN Drivers Release Date 2008-09-04
OS XP 64
Download download File Size 0 MB
Note
Realtek 10/100 LAN Drivers
Description • XP/200 Ver: 5.687.0225.2008
• Vista32 Ver: 6.105.0713.2007
Version
Type On-Board LAN Drivers Release Date 2008-04-16
OS XP 32, Win 2000, Win 98, Win 98 SE, Win Me, Win 95
Download download File Size 0 MB
Note
Realtek 10/100 LAN Drivers
Description • XP/200 Ver: 5.687.0225.2008
• Vista32 Ver: 6.105.0713.2007
Version
Type On-Board LAN Drivers Release Date 2008-04-16
OS Vista 64, Vista 32
Download download File Size 0 MB
Note
Realtek ALC Series AC97 Audio Driver
Description • Driver version for Win98/WinMe/Win2000/WinXP: 5.10.00.6230


Version
Type On-Board Audio Drivers Release Date 2007-05-08
OS XP 64
Download download File Size 30.58 MB
Note
Realtek ALC Series AC97 Audio Driver
Description • Driver version for Win98/WinMe/Win2000/WinXP: 5.10.00.6230


Version
Type On-Board Audio Drivers Release Date 2007-05-08
OS XP 32, Win 2000
Download download File Size 30.58 MB
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Utility

XP 64,XP 32,Win 2000,Win 98,Win 98 SE,Win Me,Win 95

!Special Note:

The Utilities provided here are exclusively for MSI products only. MSI takes no responsibility for any damage resulted from improper usage or lack of technical expertise.


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
MSI Core Center
Description • MSI Hardware monitor & overclocking & fan speed control tool

Version 2.0.2.4
Type Utility Release Date 2007-11-15
OS XP 32, Win 2000, Win 98, Win 98 SE, Win Me, Win 95
Download download File Size 4.19 MB
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MSI Core Center
Description • MSI Hardware monitor & overclocking & fan speed control tool

Version 2.0.2.4
Type Utility Release Date 2007-11-15
OS XP 64
Download download File Size 4.19 MB
Note
MSI DigiCell
Description MSI Motherboard/Audio/Communication/MegaStick integrated utility

Version 1.25.00.00
Type Utility Release Date 2007-03-16
OS XP 32, Win 2000, Win 98, Win 98 SE, Win Me, Win 95
Download download File Size 13.2 MB
Note
MSI DigiCell
Description MSI Motherboard/Audio/Communication/MegaStick integrated utility

Version 1.25.00.00
Type Utility Release Date 2007-03-16
OS XP 64
Download download File Size 13.2 MB
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Manual

!Special Note:

MSI™ provides user manuals (in PDF format) here for download. You can use Adobe Acrobat Reader (Adobe's WEB Site) to open them.

An easy guide for you to assemble your PC step by step, please refer to "Quick Installation Guide".


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
Version Language File Size Download Release Date
2.2 Multi-Language 2.84 MB download 2008-03-14
2.2 English 5.14 MB download 2007-01-03
2.2 Traditional Chinese 6.03 MB download 2006-11-09
2.2 Simplified Chinese 5.99 MB download 2006-10-16

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