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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: UT2004, Doom 3

Unreal Tournament 2004

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2004 is the sequel to the highly popular UT2003 and uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology. Unreal Tournament 2004 employs the use of Vertex and Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 9 videocard if you plan to play competitively.

UT2004
dm-rankin Points Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/533) 90.83
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/533) 90.13
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/533) 83.48
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 83.47
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 79.47
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/533) 85.04
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 90.61
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/533) 85.21
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 Onboard Video) 32.88
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 X800 XT) 74.79
MSI 661FM3-V (SIS 661FX 200/400 X800XT) 72.32
MSI 661FM3-V (SIS 661FX 200/400 integrated SIS graphics) 20.03
as-convoy Points Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/533) 61.57
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/533) 64.81
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/533) 57.92
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 61.11
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 52.71
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/533) 57.8
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 61.34
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/533) 54.7
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 Onboard Video) 21.32
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 X800 XT) 48.47
MSI 661FM3-V (SIS 661FX 200/400 X800XT) 47.02
MSI 661FM3-V (SIS 661FX 200/400 integrated SIS graphics) 17.34
ctf-bridgeoffate Points Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/533) 127.42
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/533) 134.09
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/533) 119.36
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 129.77
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 110.07
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/533) 118.76
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 126.4
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/533) 120.5
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 Onboard Video) 44.19
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 X800 XT) 103.1
MSI 661FM3-V (SIS 661FX 200/400 X800XT) 98.55
MSI 661FM3-V (SIS 661FX 200/400 integrated SIS graphics) 23.09

UT 2004 likes memory bandwidth and it shows in the results of this benchmark. The 661FM3-V is considerably off the pace here, though it does keep up well with the ECS RS-400-A chipset entry which sports dual-channel memory. The onboard video turns in respectable scores again.

Doom 3

Source: id Software

Doom 3 is the most advanced game to date. it takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limit. At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything. The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times with the third run being recorded.

Doom3
LQ 640x480: Points Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/533) 84.4
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/533) 88.5
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/533) 83.6
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 81.4
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 79.5
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/533) 78.1
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 83.3
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/533) 85.3
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 Onboard Video) 8.1
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 X800 XT) 76
MSI 661FM3-V (SIS 661FX 200/400 X800XT) 71.2
MSI 661FM3-V (SIS 661FX 200/400 integrated SIS graphics) 5.2

Our final and most demanding gaming benchmark sees the 661FM3-V bringing up the rear again. To keep harping on the same theme, the single-channel memory controller is probably to blame. Still, the results weren't too far off the pace and any modern 3D game would be more than playable on this motherboard with a good video card. Surprisingly, the onboard video managed to complete this benchmark, though the visual quality and obviously the frame rate left a lot to be desired.

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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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