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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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Benchmarks: PCMark 2002, 3DMark 2001

PCMark 2002 Source: MadOnion

PCMark is a new benchmark from our pals at MadOnion which a whole system benchmark. It can be used on desktop PC's, Laptops and even Workstations and tests everyday computing from home to office usage. PCMark specifically stresses the CPU, memory subsystem, graphics subsystem, hard drives, WindowsXP GUI (if WinXP is used), video performance and even laptop batteries. This benchmark was released March 12, 2002 and can be downloaded from Madonion if you would like to give it a test run on your computer for comparisons sake...

PCMark2002 Benchmark Results
Processor PCMarks Ranking
1. 648 MAX - 133/400 5321
2. 648 MAX - 143/400 5581

Memory

3. 648 MAX - 133/400 5301
4. 648 MAX - 143/400 5456

With the little overclock it's not a surprise to see that systems are about the same speed.

3DMark2001 SE Source: MadOnion

3DMark2001 SE is the latest installment in the 3DMark series by MadOnion. By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, it continues to provide good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001 SE has been created in cooperation with the major 3D accelerator and processor manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test a system's true performance abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders, Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping, support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests using Ipion real-time physics. Higher 3DMark scores denote better performance.

3DMark2001 SE Benchmark Results
Motherboard (FSB) 3DMarks Ranking
1. 648 MAX - 133/400 11527
2. 648 MAX - 143/400 11723

Again performance here is very good. Overclocking doesn't really boost the score that much.

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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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