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Business and School Integrated Motherboard Roundup

Business and School Integrated Motherboard Roundup - PCSTATS
Abstract: Faced with the purchase of dozens of new computers, government agencies, schools and businesses need to find ways to keep costs down while still getting the equipment they require.
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External Mfg. Website: Various Jul 19 2002   Colin Sun  
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MSI MS-6378 - AMD

MSI MS-6378 - AMD


Approx Price: $50USD
MFG Link: MSI MS-6378
Processor AMD Socket A
Northbridge VIA KLE133
Southbridge VIA 686B
Supported FSB 100/133 MHz
Form Factor Micro ATX
DIMM Slots Two PC100/PC133
Max Memory 1 GB
Integrated Video Yes, Trident Blade
Shared Video Memory 8MB
IDE 2 Ultra/100
AGP None
PCI 3 32bit PCI's
ISA None
CNR/AMR/ACR 1 CNR
LAN 10/100 ADMtek
Audio Realtek ALC101
USB 2 USB 1.1
Power Supply Standard ATX
Misc 1 Serial, 1 Parallel, WoL, WoM

As the MSI 6378 is the only SDR based Athlon motherboard in the round up, we already know the performance of the board will be mediocre at best. Based on VIA's KLE133 chipset, it's basically the good ole KT133A with a Trident videocard integrated into the northbridge.

Using the Micro ATX form factor MSI was still able to bundle quite a bit of goodness into this motherboard.

Performance of this motherboard compared to the other MSI entries wasn't as good, but it's not that surprising since this is one of the oldest motherboards in the roundup, and the only one using SDRAM and an AthlonXP; severely limiting the processor.

Still though, for office based work our harsh words should be taken with a grain of salt. An AthlonXP and SDRAM is an alright combination.

The only really downside here is that the onboard Trident videocard is very weak at handling current level resolutions. We noticed that text at 1280x1024 was quite fuzzy comparatively speaking. The motherboard has integrated USB 1.0 and AC'97 audio which does make it seem a bit more up to date if we forget about the ISA slot masking off the left.

The MSI 6378 was very stable and didn't crash once during testing.

This is mainly thanks to a well engineered chipset with mature drivers. With three PCI slots you do have upgrade options, it would have been nice to see maybe a fourth PCI slot where the ISA silk screen is.

With relatively old chipset technology the MS-6378 is one of the least expensive motherboards in the integrated motherboard roundup, priced at just $100 CDN it makes buying a motherboard for a low cost system very easy.

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Contents of Article: Various
 Pg 1.  Business and School Integrated Motherboard Roundup
 Pg 2.  Quick Comparison Specs On the Boards
 Pg 3.  — MSI MS-6378 - AMD
 Pg 4.  MSI MS-6390 - AMD
 Pg 5.  MSI MS-6368 - Intel Socket 370
 Pg 6.  MSI MS-6526GL - Pentium 4
 Pg 7.  MSI MS-6533 - Pentium 4
 Pg 8.  MSI MS-6524 - Pentium 4
 Pg 9.  Epox 4GLA+ Pentium 4
 Pg 10.  Epox 4G4A+ Pentium 4
 Pg 11.  Iwill mP4G Pentium 4
 Pg 12.  Abit BG7 Pentium 4
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks and Testing Specs
 Pg 14.  Benchmark: BAPco Sysmark 2002: Internet Content
 Pg 15.  Benchmark: BAPco Sysmark 2002: Office Productivity
 Pg 16.  Benchmark: Winstone 2001: Content Creation
 Pg 17.  Benchmark: Winstone 2001: Business Winstone
 Pg 18.  Benchmark: Winbench 99: Disk
 Pg 19.  Benchmark: Winbench 99: Graphics
 Pg 20.  Benchmark: Sisoft Sandra 2002
 Pg 21.  Benchmark: PCMark 2002: CPU Bench
 Pg 22.  Benchmark: PCMark 2002: Memory Bench
 Pg 23.  Benchmark: SPECviewPerf
 Pg 24.  Price performance comparisons
 Pg 25.  Final Conclusions

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