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MSI 845Pro2 i845 SDRAM Motherboard Review

MSI 845Pro2 i845 SDRAM Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The i845 chipset is known to be one of the slowest P4 chipsets out there.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Apr 01 2002   Colin Sun  
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Productivity Benchmarks

Winbench 99 V1.2 Source: e-Testinglabs.com

WinBench 99 is a subsystem-level benchmark that measures the performance of a PC's graphics, disk, and video subsystems in a Windows environment. WinBench 99's tests can run on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows Me systems.

WinBench 99 v1.2 Benchmark Results
MSI 845Pro2 Score Ranking
1. Business Disk - Stock 3980
1a. Business Disk - Overclocked 3870
2. High-End Disk - Stock 10100
2a. High-End Disk - Overclocked 10100
3. Business Graphics - Stock 515
3a. Business Graphics - Overclocked 533
4. High-End Graphics - Stock 780
4a. High-End Graphics - Overclocked 866

The disk performance is just horrible! We even double checked that DMA was enabled in the BIOS and reinstalled the Intel INF's multiple times! The Graphics portion of the benchmark seems limited by the SDRAM as well.

Sisoft Sandra 2002 Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system and individual components. The numbers taken though are again, purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance.

SiSoft Sandra 2001 Benchmark Results
MSI 845Pro2 Score

Multimedia Benchmark

1. Integer SSE2 - Stock 6828 it/s
1a. Integer SSE2 - Overclocked 7584 it/s
2. Floating-Point SSE2 - Stock 8242 it/s
2a. Floating-Point SSE2 - Overclocked 9156 it/s

CPU Benchmark

3. Dhrystone ALU - Stock 3173 MIPS
3a. Dhrystone ALU - Overclocked 3505 MIPS
4. Whetstone FPU/SSE2 - Stock 889 FPU/2094 SSE2 MFLOPS
4a. Whetstone FPU/SSE2 - Overclocked 987 FPU/2325 SSE2 MFLOPS

Memory Benchmark

5. Integer SSE2 - Stock 1019 MB/s
5a. Integer SSE2 - Overclocked 1134 MB/s
6. Float SSE2 - Stock 1021 MB/s
6a. Float SSE2 - Overclocked 1134 MB/s

Everything is where I'd expect even the low-end memory performance. Not much can be done about that since the 845Pro2 uses SDRAM.

PCMark 2002 Source: MadOnion

PCMark is a new benchmark from our pals at MadOnion which a whole system benchmark. It can be used on desktop PC's, Laptops and even Workstations and tests everyday computing from home to office usage. PCMark specifically stresses the CPU, memory subsystem, graphics subsystem, hard drives, WindowsXP GUI (if WinXP is used), video performance and even laptop batteries. This benchmark was released March 12, 2002 and can be downloaded from Madonion if you would like to give it a test run on your computer for comparisons sake...

PCMark2002 Benchmark Results
Processor PCMarks Ranking
1. 845Pro2 4038
1a. 845Pro2 (oc'ed) 4525

Memory

2. 845Pro2 2549
2a. 845Pro2 (oc'ed) 2816

HDD

3. 845Pro2 497
3a. 845Pro2 (oc'ed) 479

A quick search of the PCMark database over at MadOnion shows that the numbers are right for a system of our specs. As we can see, the hard drive subsystem doesn't like to be overclocked (you think I would have figured that one out by now ;-).

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Contents of Article: MSI 845Pro2
 Pg 1.  MSI 845Pro2 i845 SDRAM Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Productivity Benchmarks
 Pg 3.  Game Benchmarks and Conclusions

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