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MSI 661FM3-V Motherboard Review

MSI 661FM3-V Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The MSI 661FM3-V Micro-ATX motherboard, which is based on the SIS 661FX chipset and SIS 964 Southbridge. This tiny board supports all 533/800MHz FSB Intel Socket 775 Pentium 4 processors.
 80% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer May 30 2005   Mike Dowler  
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Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003

X2: The Threat Source: Egosoft

A completely rewritten 3D engine based on DirectX8 encompasses many visual effects such as volumetric Nebulae (gas clouds) that have a real impact in the game (you can hide in them) and many new engine, shield, weapon and explosion effects. Objects cast real dynamic 3D shadows! Dynamic DP3 bump mapping allows a previously unseen level of detail.

X2 The Threat
640x480 Points Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/533) 176.298
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/533) 184.172
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/533) 173.165
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 166.843
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 166.333
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/533) 174.335
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 176.477
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/533) 162.596
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 Onboard Video) 33.203
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 X800 XT) 151.124
MSI 661FM3-V (SIS 661FX 200/400 X800XT) 153.952
MSI 661FM3-V (SIS 661FX 200/400 integrated SIS graphics) 16.52

The MSI 661FM3-V falls behind again, but it does manage to best ATI's value offering in the group. The onboard video completed the test, but visual quality was poor as were the FPS.

Unreal Tournament 2003

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology - where graphics, sound and game play are taken beyond the bleeding edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs the use of Vertex as well as Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 8 videocard to get the most out of the game.

UT2003
Flyby:
640x480 Points Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/533) 255.98
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/533) 262.87
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/533) 254.22
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 250.03
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 241.05
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/533) 242.15
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 254.211
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/533) 259.42
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 Onboard Video) 87.42
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 X800 XT) 229.38
MSI 661FM3-V (SIS 661FX 200/400 X800XT) 220.81
MSI 661FM3-V (SIS 661FX 200/400 integrated SIS graphics) 44.77
Botmatch:
640x480 Points Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/533) 84.44
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/533) 85.45
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/533) 83.17
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 83.23
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 80.04
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/533) 80.13
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 83.84
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/533) 84.74
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 Onboard Video) 34.91
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 X800 XT) 76.02
MSI 661FM3-V (SIS 661FX 200/400 X800XT) 73.58
MSI 661FM3-V (SIS 661FX 200/400 integrated SIS graphics) 29.27

Looks like the 661FM3-V's single channel memory controller is hurting its gaming performance somewhat. The motherboard again turns in respectable results, but slightly behind the rest of the systems in our test group. On the bright side, the onboard video card turned in playable frame rates and decent image quality.

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer 661FM3-V
 Pg 1.  MSI 661FM3-V Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Overclocking the MSI 661FM3-V
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: SYSmark 2004
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2005, Super Pi
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, Comanche 4
 Pg 8.  — Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 10.  Upgrade for an older system...

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