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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.
 75% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Jun 14 2005   Colin Sun  
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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
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 189.189
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 192.078
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 198.56
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 208.974
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 172.74
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 171.042
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800 XT) 211.237
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 194.682
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 X800XT) 185.347
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 183.146
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400 Onboard Video) 46.611
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400 X800 XT) 163.609

X2: The Threat framerates are low as well, but hopefully more performance can be grabbed from the RS480 and the chipset matures. The integrated video manages to produced a decent score here too.

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 FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 342.59
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 353.64
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 346.19
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 352.72
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 346.29
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 349.16
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800 XT) 364.11
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 301.41
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 X800XT) 361.62
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 297.14
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400 Onboard Video) 115.79
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400 X800 XT) 325.29
UT2003 - Botmatch:
640x480 FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 107.93
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 111.36
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 109.58
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 111.01
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 109.04
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 108.81
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800 XT) 115.15
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 107.01
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 X800XT) 114.12
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 106.82
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400 Onboard Video) 56.13
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400 X800 XT) 100.83

UT2003 framerates are very good all around, even with the onboard videocard. The integrated videocard on the MSI RS480M2-IL might not suit the hardcore gamer, but casual users should get by just fine.

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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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