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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-6526GL - Pentium 4

MSI MS-6526GL - P4


Approx Price: $85USD
MFG Link: MSI MS-6526
Northbridge Intel i845GL
Southbridge Intel ICH4
Supported FSB 100 MHz
Form Factor Micro ATX
DIMM Slots Two PC1600/2100
Max Memory 2 GB
Integrated video Yes, Intel i845G
Shared Video memory 1MB, 8MB
IDE 2 Ultra/100
AGP None
PCI 3 32bit PCI's
ISA None
CNR/AMR/ACR 1 CNR
LAN 10/100 Intel 82562ET
Audio Avance Logic 5.1 AC'97
USB 2 USB 2.0
Power Supply Pentium 4
Misc 1 Serial, 1 Parallel

The 6526GL is based on Intel's 845GL chipset which supports 100 MHz based Pentium 4's in the Socket m478 form factor. Like all most of the other motherboards in this round up, the 6526GL has everything you would need peripheral wise integrated right into the small micro ATX PCB.

Video is taken care of by Intel's 845G "Extreme Graphics" chipset. Unlike Intel's earlier ventures into the videochipset market (i740, i815) the i845G is actually a decent 2D, and 3D videocard. Text was sharp all the way up to 1280x1024-32bit and the 3D performance was among the best of all the integrated videocards (performance close to that of a GF2 MX200).

Life is about the little things and we were happy to see that MSI put heatsinks on the MOSFET's. Naked MOSFET's do get very warm and even hot to the touch and since they control the voltage the processor gets cooling them down can improve stability.

The layout of the motherboard is also very good, nothing gets in the way of anything else. Specifically we like the position of the main ATX power connector. The Floppy drive connector and the two IDE ports are all located to the right of the DIMM slots.Even though it's only using an AC'97 codec, it would have been nice to see MSI include one that allows for 5.1 audio rather then the bundled Avance Logic ALC201A which can only do 2.1.

The onboard LAN is taken care of by Intel's own 82562ET chipset and allows for 10/100Mb transfers.

Since the 6526GL uses the Intel ICH4 southbridge it has support for six USB 2.0 ports, but MSI didn't include the two extra USB brackets rendering the headers basically useless.

Stability of the motherboard was excellent, we didn't encounter a single problem during testing, or even when both DIMM slots were filled with double sided memory. Retailing for about $170 CDN, and with everything integrated the MSI MS6526GL does fairly well in the benchmarks - constantly scoring very high for its class.

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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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