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MSI RS480M2-IL Motherboard Review

MSI RS480M2-IL Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: If you'ret a fan of integrated video, rejoice. The MSI RS480M2-IL also features a full PCI Express x16 slot as well as three PCI slots for expansion.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Jun 14 2005   Colin Sun  
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MSI RS480M2-IL BIOS


The RS480M2-IL is not an overclockers motherboard. In the LDT configuration menu we can change HyperTransport speed and width while in the DRAM configuration section we can change the memory operating frequency and CAS Latency only.

In the Advanced Chipset Features section we find the onboard videocard controls allowing the frame buffer size, core clock speed and TV Output standard to be changed.

PCStats Test System Specs:
Processor:

AMD Athlon64 4000+
AMD Athlon64 3200+

Clock Speed:

12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz
10 x 200 MHz = 2.0 GHz

Motherboards:

ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (ALi M1689)*
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro)*
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra)*
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890)**
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra)**
Epox EP-9NPA+ Ultra (NF4 Ultra)**
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI)**
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI)**
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI)**
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra)**
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480)**

Videocard:

Asus X800XT/VTD*
MSI RX800XT-VTD256**

Memory:

2x 512MB Mushkin PC3200 Special Ed.

Hard Drive: 40GB Western Digital Special Ed
74GB Western Digital Raptor SATA
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: Seasonic Super Tornado 400W
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
VIA 4in1 4.55V
Forceware 6.10
Catalyst 4.12

Workstation Benchmarks

SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2004
PCMark04
3DMark2001SE
3DMark05
AquaMark3
Comanche 4
X2: The Threat
UT2003
UT2004
Doom 3

Note that the office oriented benchmarks are tested with the PCI Express videocard. PCstats has upgraded its test platform with a couple of 74GB Western Digital WD740 Raptor hard drives, replacing the trusty 40GB WD IDE HDDs as test drives. Please keep that in mind when viewing the office and disk benchmarks.

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer RS480M2-IL
 Pg 1.  MSI RS480M2-IL Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  More info on the RS480...
 Pg 3.  — MSI RS480M2-IL BIOS
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: SYSmark2004
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, Comanche 4
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: UT2004
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: Doom 3, Conclusions

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