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MSI MEGA mPC 945 Barebones Small Formfactor PC Review

MSI MEGA mPC 945 Barebones Small Formfactor PC Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The MSI MEGA mPC945 system is based around the Intel 945G and Intel ICH7 chipsets and is compatible with all Socket 775 Intel Pentium 4/D/XE, Celeron processors.
 78% Rating:   
Filed under: Computer / SFF PCs Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Dec 10 2006   Max Page  
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SFF PC Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05

PCMark05 Source:FutureMark

PCMark05 has 11 system tests - each one is designed to represent a certain type of PC usage. By running these tests, PCMark05 stresses the components in a similar manner as they are stressed in normal home usage.

PCMark05:
Overall Points Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 6112
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 5662
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 6094
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 5838
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 6171
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 6112
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 6144
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667) 6126
CPU Points Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 5284
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 5253
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 5294
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 5272
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 5287
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 5287
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 5304
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667) 5298
Memory Points Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 4155
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 4151
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 4088
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 3525
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 4148
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 4173
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 4163
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667) 4137
HDD Points Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 6532
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 6410
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 6458
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 6371
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 6927
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 6839
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 6946
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667) 6547

PCMark05 numbers show us that the MSI MEGA mPC 945 is just as quick as the rest of the other boards when non-video intensive applications are being used. It underscores a point that a lot of high end gaming hardware is totally overkill for office PCs, particularly as some of these motherboards are almost as expensive as the bare bones mPC 945 kit itself.

3DMark05 Source: FutureMark

3DMark05 is best suited for the latest generation of DirectX9.0 graphics cards. It is the first benchmark to require a DirectX9.0 compliant hardware with support for Pixel Shaders 2.0 or higher! By combining high quality 3D tests, CPU tests, feature tests, image quality tools, and much more, 3DMark05 is a premium benchmark for evaluating the latest generation of gaming hardware.

3DMark05
Overall: Points Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 7207
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 7126
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 7213
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 7200
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 7237
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 7213
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 7232
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 7408
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667 GMA950) 463
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667 GeForce 7800GTX) 7236
CPU: Points Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 6397
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 6201
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 5893
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 6485
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 6001
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 5646
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 5722
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 5904
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667 GMA950) 3712
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667 GeForce 7800GTX) 6214

The onboard Intel GMA950 videocard is able to complete 3DMark05, but the overall score is really quite bad. Let this be a lesson, Intel's integrated videocard is good for office (or what we call 2D) applications. It is not very good at all, and even painfully slow when it comes to marginally intensive 3D games. Luckily for us, the MSI MEGA mPC 945 has a PCI Express x16 slot into which we can install a standalone GeForce 7800GTX videocard. With that addition the mPC 945's benchmark performance rises to much more respectable levels.

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer Mega mPC 945
 Pg 1.  MSI MEGA mPC 945 Barebones Small Formfactor PC Review
 Pg 2.  The MEGA mPC 945 Chassis
 Pg 3.  Looking under the SFF hood
 Pg 4.  Inside the mPC 945 SFF
 Pg 5.  Ease of Installation and Tool Free Design
 Pg 6.  Installing Drives and more...
 Pg 7.  Intel 945G and GMA950 integrated videocard
 Pg 8.  BIOS Features are Slim / Test Specs
 Pg 9.  SFF PC Benchmarks: SYSMark2004
 Pg 10.  SFF PC Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 11.  — SFF PC Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 12.  SFF PC Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry, X3: Reunion
 Pg 13.  SFF PC Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 14.  Small Formfactor Redeux

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