Vince Freeman van Sharky Extreme heeft een review geschreven van de MSI BX Master. Het plankje is uitgerust met 6 PCI sloten, 1 ISA slot, 1 AGP slot, 4 dimm sloten en een Promise ATA-66 controller.
The MSI BXMaster is on the high-end of the BX motherboard market and its price reflects this. A standard BX motherboard like the Abit BF6 or MSI MS-6163Pro can be found for between $90-$100, but the BXMaster's extra DIMM and PCI slot, along with the on-board Promise ATA-66 controller, add quite a bit to the price. Online BXMaster prices are in the $130 range, and slightly more expensive than the similarly ATA-66 equipped Abit BE6-II. Then again, while the BE6-II does feature ATA-66 support, it has one less DIMM socket and PCI slot than the BXMaster. Like everything else in life, if you want the best of any given product line, you'll need to pay a premium to get it.
[...] Although MSI has thrown everything but the kitchen sink into the BXMaster, it still falls a bit short in the features department. This is mostly due to the inherent limitations of the Intel BX chipset, such as being limited to a 2/3 AGP divider and PC100 memory support. This doesn't mean you can't clock higher than a 100 MHz FSB, but in doing so, you will be running the AGP bus at a high, out-of-spec speed. Newer motherboard chipsets like the i820, i810E, and VIA 133/A offer a 1/2 AGP divider, meaning that the BXMaster doesn't utilize the 133-155 MHz FSB quite as nicely as the newer chipsets. To add further difficulties, MSI has still not shown the true AGP speed or even the divider in the BIOS and you'll require the included software, or other 3rd-party utilities, to determine the current AGP speed. Again, due to the architecture of the BX chipset, the BXMaster's AGP slot supports only AGP 2X, and not 4X.
[...] With excellent performance, Coppermine compatibility, ATA-66 support and overclocking options to spare, the BXMaster certainly lives up to its name and is probably the most complete BX motherboard on the market. Other than the inherent architecture of the BX chipset, there's not a whole lot not to like about this board. Micro-Star deserves top marks for taking the BX chipset about as far as it can go, and the BXMaster stands as the crowning achievement in the popular MS-6163 line.
Het plankje mag dan nog wel zo mooi zijn maar het ontbreken van de 1/2 AGP divider en 4x AGP support zijn toch wel een nadeel (limitatie iBX440 chipset).