on 23.03.2018 20:10
Hello, a couple of days ago I was able to get a deal on the following PC: Microstar PCC499-M55 P6401 D
It has a Ryzen 5 1600, 8 GB of RAM and a RX 480.
However there are some specs that I couldn't find. I was able to find out the motherboard model, MEDION P2A4-EM, but not it's specifications. I want to know how many SATAs it has, in the bios I count four ports, which may be not enough for me, so that leads to my next question, does it have any extra pci-e in case I need to add a pci-e to sata converter?
The bios has a pretty ancient look, but as long as it's updated there is no problem, is there a page where I can find bios updates for this board?
And my last question is about the warranty. I read that if I open the case, the warranty is void, is that true? Even if it's to add a SSD or something?
on 26.03.2018 08:53
I'd contact Medion directly and ask if it is ok to open the case just to be on the safe side, but in my experience opening the case does not void the warranty, as long as you don't damage anything. If you ever need a repair you might need to restore there original spec of the PC though, so if you upgrade any parts, keep the originals.
I dont know this exact motherboard, but I'd expect there to be one PCI-e 16x and two PCI-e 1x slots (one of the PCI-e 1x slots might be obscured by the graphics card though). The number of SATA ports varies alot more between different motherboards.
The BIOS update can be found here.
28.03.2018 00:11 - edited 28.03.2018 00:14
Thanks for your answer!
A last question: I can't find any motherboard manual online, and the BIOS is a little bit complex for me, so I decided to not to touch anything. I realized the gpu was working in pcie 3.0 8x (and not 16x). I think the performance difference is practically none, but anyway I would like to be able to check it on the bios. Should I contact Medion as well for a manual?