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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.
 84% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Dec 19 2002   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > MSI GNB MAX-FISR

Benchmarks: Bapco Sysmark 2002

PCStats Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor: Pentium 4 2.8
Clock Speed:

21 x 133 MHz = 2.8 GHz

Motherboards: Abit BG7* (DDR)
DFI NT72-SA (RDRAM)
MSI GNB MAX** (Dual-Channel DDR)
Chipsets: E7205
i850E
i845G
Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

Memory:

2x 256MB Kingston PC1066 RDRAM
2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 CAS2

Hard Drive: 20GB Maxtor DiamondMAX+
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: AVC Sunflower
PowerSupply: Vantec 470W Stealth PSU
Software Setup WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 4.04.1012
Catalyst 2.5
Benchmarks

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

3DMark2001SE
Quake III Arena

* - The Abit BG7 (i845G) was running at DDR333 mode but the board does not officially support it.

** - It is possible to run the MSI GNB MAX with one stick of memory. For comparison's sake I ran the board with just 256MB of memory (one DIMM, sorry no 512MB sticks of memory handy) to show how the board performs when running a lone stick of memory.

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. BG7 - 133/333 357
2. NT72-SA - 133/1066 368
3. GNB MAX Single DDR - 133/266 342
4. GNB MAX Dual DDR - 133/266 372

Office Productivity (FSB/Memory)

1 BG7 - 133/333 175
2. NT72-SA - 133/1066 189
3. GNB MAX Single DDR - 133/266 168
4. GNB MAX Dual DDR - 133/266 187

Here we see that the GNB MAX when running in Dual DDR mode performs, at about the same level as an i850E/RDRAM based motherboard. When using a single DIMM, performance is under that of the i845G running at DDR333 mode.

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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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