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MSI 648 MAX-F Motherboard Review

MSI 648 MAX-F Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: I was really excited about sitting down and testing this SiS 648 based motherboard. From what I've read the SiS 648 chipset is supposed to be a full-blown i850E/RDRAM killer.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Sep 03 2002   Colin Sun  
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The MSI 648 Max-F BIOS

MSI uses an updated version of the Award BIOS and it looks like they have exclusive rights for it because they're the only manufacturer that uses it we know of. There aren't many memory tweaks, only CAS Latency adjustments and memory frequency options. There are quite a few overclocking options too.

Not exactly the most fun BIOS. RAS to CAS, DRAM CMD Rate, etc are all taken care of now by the Timing Setting Mode. You can't adjust the AGP mode in the BIOS, it's all auto.

I'll get to the DRAM frequency in a moment. You can adjust the FSB from 100 MHz to 200 MHz in 1 MHz increments. You also have the ability to lock the AGP/PCI speed, CPU Vcore goes up to 1.6V (for NW processors) and DIMM voltage can be up'ed to 2.8V.

The ability to set many different memory speeds is really this motherboards strengths. There are 16-17 different memory dividers that should be able to please even the most hard core enthusiast. Perhaps one day we'll have 1 MHz increments for memory speed too! [hint, hint]

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Contents of Article: MSI 648 MAX-F
 Pg 1.  MSI 648 MAX-F Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  More Goodies on the Motherboard
 Pg 3.  — The MSI 648 Max-F BIOS
 Pg 4.  Testing the MSI 648Max-F
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winbench, Sandra 2002
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCMark 2002, 3DMark 2001
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena and Conclusions

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