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MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R Motherboard Review

MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: The question as we see it is whether or not MSI can provide the gear necessary to convert die hard overclockers who usually have a lot of brand loyalty (ie. Asus, Abit, Epox).
 80% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Jun 15 2003   Colin Sun  
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System Spec's and Benchmarks

PCStats Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor:

AthlonXP 3000+
Pentium 4 3.0C*

Clock Speed:

13 x 166 = 2.16 GHz
21 x 133 MHz = 2.8 GHz
15 x 200 MHz = 3.0 GHz

15 x 230 MHz = 3.45 GHz

Motherboards:

Epox 8RGA+
AOpen AX4SPE
Albatron PX865PE Pro II
MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R
AOpen AX4C Max
MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R

Chipsets:

nForce2 IGP
i865PE
i875P

Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

Memory:

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 5.00.1012
nVIDIA nForce 2.03
Catalyst 3.2
Workstation Benchmarks

SysMark2002
Business Winstone 2002
Content Creation 2002
Winbench 99
SiSoft Sandra 2003
PCMark2002
3DMark2001SE
Quake III Arena
UT2003

* - HyperThreading was enabled and running for all the tests.

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. AthlonXP 3000+/nForce2 IGP (166/333) 375
2. Pentium 4 3.0C/AOpen i865PE (200/400) 425
3. Pentium 4 3.0C/Albatron i865PE (200/400) 427
4. Pentium 4 3.0C/MSI i865PE (200/400) 425
5. Pentium 4 3.0C/AOpen i875P (200/400) N/A
6. Pentium 4 3.0C/MSI i875P (200/400) 434
7. Pentium 4 3.0C/MSI i875P (230/460) 467

Office Productivity (FSB/Memory)

1 AthlonXP 3000+/nForce2 IGP (166/333) 180
2. Pentium 4 3.0C/AOpen i865PE (200/400) 218
3. Pentium 4 3.0C/Albatron i865PE (200/400) 220
4. Pentium 4 3.0C/MSI i865PE (200/400) 220
4. Pentium 4 3.0C/AOpen i875P (200/400) N/A
6. Pentium 4 3.0C/MSI i875P (200/400) 225
7. Pentium 4 3.0C/MSI i875P (230/460) 271

Here we see that the MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R is just a tad faster then then the i865PE based motherboards at stock speeds.

Winstone 2002 Source: Zdnet

Content Creation Winstone 2002 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running top, Windows-based, 32-bit, content creation applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP.

Business Winstone 2002 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's top-selling Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000 (SP6 or later), Windows Me, or Windows XP. Business Winstone doesn't mimic what these packages do; it 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 2002 Benchmark Results
Content Creation (FSB/Memory) Score Ranking
1. AthlonXP 3000+/nForce2 IGP (166/333) 47.2
2. Pentium 4 3.0C/AOpen i865PE (200/400) 47.8
3. Pentium 4 3.0C/Albatron i865PE (200/400) 47.5
4. Pentium 4 3.0C/MSI i865PE (200/400) 47.6
5. Pentium 4 3.0C/AOpen i875P (200/400) 48.6
6. Pentium 4 3.0C/MSI i875P (200/400) 48.2
7. Pentium 4 3.0C/MSI i875P (230/460) 53.2

Business Winstone (FSB/Memory)

1 AthlonXP 3000+/nForce2 IGP (166/333) 33.2
2. Pentium 4 3.0C/AOpen i865PE (200/400) 33.7
3. Pentium 4 3.0C/Albatron i865PE (200/400) 33.5
4. Pentium 4 3.0C/MSI i865PE (200/400) 33.5
5. Pentium 4 3.0C/AOpen i875P (200/400) 34.7
6. Pentium 4 3.0C/MSI i875P (200/400) 34.3
7. Pentium 4 3.0C/MSI i875P (230/460) 37.8

The performance difference between i865PE and i875P motherboards according to the Winstone 2002 benchmarks is less then 2% at stock speeds. Overclocking does boost performance a bit.

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Contents of Article: MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R
 Pg 1.  MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  A Closer look at the 875P Neo-FIS2R
 Pg 3.  i875P Canterwood: Behind the name
 Pg 4.  Overclocking and BIOS
 Pg 5.  — System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2003
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena, UT2003
 Pg 9.  Not the fastest, but an awesome board still!

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