|MSI MS-6533 -
Approx Price: $80USD
|Shared Video memory
||3 32bit PCI's|
||10/100 Realtek 8100L|
||Realtek ALC201A AC'97|
||2 USB 1.1|
||2 Serial, 1 Parallel, woL,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.