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MSI MEGA 865 - C 2.6 GHz

MSI MEGA 865 - C 2.6 GHz
alaScore 79

10 reviews

Nov, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 reviews of MSI MEGA 865 - C 2.6 GHz. The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the MSI MEGA 865 - C 2.6 GHz is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by: Ian Bell (

MSI Mega 865


MSI has a very unique product on their hands. Out of the box, the Mega 865 would make a good system for someone living in a small dorm room or apartment; it offers basic computer and radio features. But given the right creative mind, the Mega 865 has...

Can make both a good media PC and a gaming system

The MSI software is unrefined ; lacks a TV tuner

We were impressed with the amount of features and support for high-end components that the Mega 865 has.

Aug, 2004

Expert review by: Vasily Melnik (

X-bit labs - MSI MEGA 865: Hi-Fi Barebone System Review


Today we are going to look at the new MSI MEGA solution based on Intel 865 platform with enhanced features set and rich functionality, which will be an attractive buy for any home user. Are you looking for a nice fancy multimedia system? Then why not...

I ended the last section of the review issuing all manner of warnings, so let me now say a few words in defense of the MEGA PC concept. I think that the fundamental problem the users usually encounter with barebones is not due to any fault of the...

Aug, 2004

Consumer review by: Garvin Tinsleydale (

MSI Mega 865


Great system. I've had it about 13 months – very reliable. The power supply fan is getting a bit noisy – I need to clean the dust out of it. Other than that its been extremely reliable, I left it on for months at a time and used it as DVR. I put an ATI...

Aug, 2007

Consumer review by: injux (

MSI Mega 865


awsome system, i decked mine out….runs lovley , tooka few extra step to quite it down, but all in all on of the cooolest small forms out there. anytime someone new comes over they are like WOW whats that , ” thats not a computer” then they shut up when...

Mar, 2005

Consumer review by: Gmail (

MSI Mega 865


I have bought this Msi and i love it. I have 1 gb ddr ram, a 3ghz and a nice 6800LE in it, and it runs like a train!

Nov, 2004

Product Specifications

The MSI MEGA 865 multimedia barebone PC system can be a full-function multimedia PC that combines information and entertainment to offer Hi-Fi stereo, DVD/VCD, MP3, TV and high-performing computer functions. The Mega stands for MSI Entertainment Gaming Appliance. Unlike other popular SFFs, the MEGA 865 is not only still "cube" in appearance, but it has some unique ideas that target those specifically looking into building a Home Theater PC (HTPC). The Mega 865 is based on Intel's 865G chipset, which supports 800 MHz Front Side Bus (FSB), the advanced dual-channel DDR400 memory configurations and it was optimized to support the Intel Pentium 4 Processor with Hyper-Threading Technology. The top section of the MEGA is home to all the features that can be accessed without having to boot the PC. Using this top power button activates the MEGA in "HiFi Mode" which allows you to play audio CDs, MP3s stored on CD and to activate the AM/FM radio. Just beneath, much like an audio device, you have your options to skip, go back and pause tracks. The Shuttle dial is used by rotating it in either direction or it can also be pressed to access certain functions. Below the Mode button is the eject button for your optical drive. Next to it, you now have front colored backlit LCD. When you pop in a music or MP3 CD, the lights got to work and display EQ mode (classic, Jazz or POP), track and time information, as well as some funky bars that dance to the music. And at the bottom of the front fascia comes an incredible assortment of ports with an optical SPDIF in, a microphone and headphone socket, two USB1.1/2.0 ports, a 6 pin IEEE1394 (FireWire) port and a smaller 4 pin IEEE1394 (FireWire) port. In simple terms this lets you connect your DV camcorder, plug in a mic and have a karaoke evening, listen to your music collection through headphones, plug in a USB games controller (or 2) and turn your MEGA PC into an X-Box like console and a whole lot more too. A few other optional accessories, such as wireless mouse and wireless foldable keyboard, a pair of Mega 2.0 speakers and AM/FM antenna, were also developed by MSI to go with this HTPC type of barebone system. You wouldn't want to buy a Hi-Fi without a remote controller, do you? MSI understands this and equipped the Mega PC with an IR receiver and remote controller for the best Hi-Fi experience. The Mega 865 is a stylishly designed HTPC barebone system that takes up a fraction of the space of tower PC case. It combines with all the specifications that today's consumer user needs and is also geared for those PC users that require a small multi-function PC for home entertainment and the best digital media experience.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Desktop
Manufacturer Form Factor:Desktop

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Desktop
Manufacturer Form Factor:Desktop

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)



Manufacturer:Micro Star International Computer / MSI
Model:865/865 Deluxe
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:MSI MEGA


Chipset Type:Intel 865G
Processor Socket:Socket 478


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b

Optical Storage

Type: None


Max Supported Qty:1
Type:No CPU


Installed Size:0MB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR SDRAM

Storage Controller (2nd)


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:0GB
Recommended Use:Home use
Type:PC barebone

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel Extreme Graphics 2
Interface Type:AGP 8x