|The MS-7093 mboard series appears to be an OEM only model series - sold only to HP, and was only installed in HP and Compaq models - there is no support for it on the MSI web sites. The bios version is either a HP or Compaq bios version, not a MSI version. |
There are at least three version series of the MS-7093 - one with the RS480 Northbridge chip, which has onboard video, and two with the RX480 Northbridge chip, which has no onboard video. All of them have a PCI-E X 16 slot, and each SATA data header supports 1 serial ATA-150 disk drive.
The one series with the RS480 chip, which has onboard video, is named Albacore-xxxx by HP, and was used in more models than the other two.
HP and Compaq Desktop PCs - Motherboard Specifications, MS-7093 (Albacore)
Models came with or without a video card in a slot.
Used in HP Pavilion a1132n Desktop PC
US and Canada
(no video card in a slot)
The two with the RX480 chip, no onboard video, are named Ahi-xxxx or Ahi2-xxxx by HP.
Motherboard Specifications, MS-7093 (Ahi and Ahi2)
Ahi - accepts only ATI video (cards)
Ahi2 - accepts ATI and NVidia video (cards)
Ahi used in
Compaq Presario SR1378FR Desktop PC
Country/region sold in
ATI Radeon X300 (card)
Ahi2 used in
HP Media Center m7041.uk
ATI Radeon X300 (card)
Compaq Presario SR1440UK Desktop PC
Ge Force 6200 (card)
This OEM only MSI manual is for the mboard version without onboard video, Ahi:
"One PCI Express X16 slot (supports PCI Express Bus specification v. 1.0a compliant) "
a.k.a. PCI-E version 1.0a
That probably applies to all three series.
Your MSI R5770 HAWK
"The card comes with a DVI to D-sub adapter"
"ATI says this card draws 108W of power at full but 18W (at) idle."
"Host Interface PCI Express 2.1 x16 "
a.k.a. PCI-E ver. 2.1.
PCI Express 1.0
In 2004, Intel introduced PCIe 1.0, with a data rate of 250 MB/s and a transfer rate of 2.5 GT/s.
PCI Express 2.0
PCI-SIG announced the availability of the PCI Express Base 2.0 specification on 15 January 2007.
PCIe 2.0 motherboard slots are fully backward compatible with PCIe v1.x cards. PCIe 2.0 cards are also generally backward compatible with PCIe 1.x motherboards, using the available bandwidth of PCI Express 1.1. Overall, graphic cards or motherboards designed for v 2.0 will be able to work with the other being v 1.1 or v 1.0.
PCI Express 2.1
PCI Express 2.1 supports a large proportion of the management, support, and troubleshooting systems planned to be fully implemented in PCI Express 3.0. However, the speed is the same as PCI Express 2.0.
Mboard with a RS480 Northbridge chip would not boot with a PCI-E 2.1 spec video card installed, but works fine with an ASUS 4350 512MB PCI-E 2.0 spec card.
Also " there was a post that mentioned some older versions of PCI-e 1.0 slots being incompatible with 2.1 otherwise the ones after that bug were fine with PCI-e 2.1 "
Also, I speculated that the wiring of a MS-7093 may not support the current requirements of newer video chipsets...
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