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MSI GNB MAX-FISR Granite Bay Motherboard Review

MSI GNB MAX-FISR Granite Bay Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The MSI GNB MAX-FISR is a workstation class motherboard, and one which is packed with its fair share of features & goodies.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Dec 19 2002   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: 3DMark 2001 / QIII Arena

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
Processor 3DMarks Ranking
1. BG7 - 133/333 15138
2. NT72-SA - 133/1066 15440
3. GNB MAX Single DDR - 133/266 14644
4. GNB MAX Dual DDR - 133/266 15520

While 3DMark doesn't have all that much relevance for a workstation, it is fun to see how the board performs in this test. With one stick of memory performance is lower than an equivalent RDRAM platform, and with dual channel DDR, performance is superior to RDRAM by about 100 3dmarks.

Quake III Arena

Source: ID Software

Quake III Arena is a First Person Shooter (FPS) that revolutionized gaming as we know it. Using multiple light sources and having graphics textures that can fill videocards, even after 3 years it's still able to bring a cutting edge system to its knees.

Quake III Arena Fastest demo001 (SYSTEM)
Processor FPS Ranking
1. BG7 - 133/333 401.8
2. NT72-SA - 133/1066 410.3
3. GNB MAX Single DDR - 133/266 379.4
4. GNB MAX Dual DDR - 133/266 416.9

Quake III Arena Fastest nv15demo (CPU STRESS)
Processor FPS Ranking
1. BG7 - 133/333 110.4
2. NT72-SA - 133/1066 111.5
3. GNB MAX Single DDR - 133/266 105.6
4. GNB MAX Dual DDR - 133/266 112.3

Like all the other benchmarks before it, the Granite Bay with one DIMM is bringing it up the rear, and with both sticks of DDR, shows us its' best performance over RDRAM.

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Contents of Article: MSI GNB MAX-FISR
 Pg 1.  MSI GNB MAX-FISR Granite Bay Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Looking Closer at the GNB MAX-FISR
 Pg 3.  Meet the E7205 Granite Bay Chipset
 Pg 4.  The GNB MAX-FISR BIOS
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Bapco Sysmark 2002
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99 2002
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Sandra 2002
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: PCMark 2002
 Pg 10.  — Benchmarks: 3DMark 2001 / QIII Arena
 Pg 11.  Final words on the GNB MAX-FISR

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