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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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Testing the MSI 648Max-F

PCStats Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor: Pentium 4 1.6A
Clock Speed:

16 x 133 MHz = 2.13 GHz

16 x 143 MHz = 2.29 GHz

Motherboards: MSI 648 MAX-F
Chipset: SiS 648
Videocard:

MSI G4Ti4600-VTD

Memory:

256MB Corsair XMS3200 CAS2

Hard Drive: 40 GB Maxtor D740X
CDROM: Panasonic 48x CD-ROM CR-594-B
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: Retail Intel HSF
PowerSupply: Antec 400W PSU
Software Setup WindowsXP Build 2600
SiS AGP 1.11
DetonatorXP 30.82
Benchmarks

SysMark 2002
Business Winstone 2001
Content Creation 2001
Winbench 99
SiSoft Sandra 2002 Pro
PCMark2002

3DMark2001SE
Quake III Arena

BAPCO Sysmark 2002 Source:MadOnion / BAPco

SysMark2002 is more of an extension of SysMark2001 rather then a whole new benchmark. The applications used during testing have been updated and most importantly for AMD users, the new SysMark2002 uses the Windows Media Encoder 7.1 which supports the AthlonXP's SSE instructions.

BapCo SysMark 2002 Benchmark Results
Internet Content (FSB/Memory) Sysmarks Ranking
1. 648 MAX - 133/400 290
2. 648 MAX - 143/400 304

Office Productivity (FSB/Memory)

1 648 MAX - 133/400 137
2. 648 MAX - 143/400 145

Apparently SysMark2002 was written with P4's in mind, optimizing software to take advantage of the extra bandwidth. Either way the MSI 648 MAX does pretty well here even when not overclocked.

Winstone 2001 Source: Zdnet

Content Creation Winstone 2001 keeps multiple applications open at once and switches among those applications. Content Creation Winstone 2001's activities focus on what we call "hot spots," periods of activity that make your PC really work--the times where you're likely to see an hourglass or a progress bar.

Business Winstone is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98 ME, Windows NT 4.0 (SP6 or later), Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP which runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete those activities to produce its performance scores.

Winstone 2001 Benchmark Results
Content Creation (FSB/Memory) Scores Ranking
1. 648 MAX - 133/400 74.3
2. 648 MAX - 143/400 77.6

Business Winstone (FSB/Memory)

1 648 MAX - 133/400 50.7
2. 648 MAX - 143/400 53.7

In general, P4 based systems don't do as well in the older Winstone 2001 benchmarks because they don't have any code written for P4's. Still, the motherboard does do pretty well for a P4 board.

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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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