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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-6533 - Pentium 4

MSI MS-6533 - P4


Approx Price: $80USD
MFG Link: MSI MS-6533
Northbridge SiS 650
Southbridge SiS 961
Supported FSB 100 MHz
Form Factor Micro ATX
DIMM Slots Two PC1600/2100
Max Memory 2 GB
Integrated video Yes, SiS650
Shared Video memory 8MB
IDE 2 Ultra/100
AGP 4x AGP
PCI 3 32bit PCI's
ISA None
CNR/AMR/ACR 1 CNR
LAN 10/100 Realtek 8100L
Audio Realtek ALC201A AC'97
USB 2 USB 1.1
Power Supply Pentium 4
Misc 2 Serial, 1 Parallel, woL, WoM

The layout of the of the 6533 in general is very close to that of MSI's 6526GL which means it's very compact and efficient. Based on the SiS 650 chipset the 6533 supports 100 MHz FSB based Pentium 4's on the Socket m478 format.

The integrated graphics are taken care of by the SiS650 chipset and the performance of that chipset is moderate. Text was readable at 1024x768-32bit, but increasing it to 1280x1024 caused the majority of the screen to be blurry and become difficult to read.

Like the 6526GL the 6533 also has heatsinks on top of the MOSFET's which helps cool down the power regulators. Unlike most VIA and Intel chipsets which use either active cooling or large passive heatsinks, the SiS 650 only requires a small green heatsink like those found on most old i440BX boards.

Even though the 6533 does have onboard video it's nice to see that MSI included a 4x AGP slot. This is very helpful should you find your needs change with time, necessitating the move to a full-fledged videocard.

With USB 2.0 gaining popularity it would have been nice to see the motherboard include support for it as well, but this is not the case. Also without the accompanying USB brackets, the two existing USB1.1 headers are not very useful.

Stability of the motherboard was iffy at times, locking up three times during the SysMark2002 Benchmark and once in Winbench 99 for unknown reasons. Of the things we liked was the expandability of the motherboard. Having an AGP slot is extremely useful should you find your needs change in the future.

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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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