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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: 3DMark06, FarCry, X3: Reunion

3DMark06 Source: FutureMark

3DMark06 is the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests. 3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today.

3DMark06
Overall: Points Ranking
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 4186
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 4194
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 4212
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667 GMA950) 156
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667 GeForce 7800GTX) 4163
CPU: Points Ranking
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 1633
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 1533
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 1685
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667 GMA950) 1584
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667 GeForce 7800GTX) 1612

A standalone PCI Express x16 videocard is required to make the 3DMark06 "Overall" results respectable for the MSI mPC 945 system. With that addition, the Intel 954G-based platform performs as fast as the competition.

FarCry Source: Ubisoft

Real-time editing, bump mapping, static lights, network system, integrated physics system, shaders, shadows, and a dynamic music system are just some of the state of-the-art features that the CryENGINE offers. The game was set to Ultra quality and the Ubisoft's Regulator demo was run.

FarCry:
Regulator 640x480: FPS Ranking
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 77.2
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 77.39
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 81.43
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667 GMA950) 8.43
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667 GeForce 7800GTX) 77.62

Even at the lowest test settings, the onboard Intel GMA950 videocard cannot run FarCry to save itself. It's good to know that when a standalone PCI Express x16 videocard is used, framerates jump right back to where they should be. That kind of flexibility allows the MSI mPC 945 to tackle games about as well as any desktop PC. Or put another way, integrated video is only good for working in WindowsXP.

X3: Reunion

Source: EGOSOFT

Extensive development has gone into the X³ engine, making full use of DirectX 9 technology, to create dramatic visual effects and stunningly realistic starships. Coupled with the massively enhanced A.L. (Artificial Life) system, X³: REUNION will present players with an ever changing, evolving universe; where a players actions really can shape the future of the universe.

X3: Reunion
1024x768: Points Ranking
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 45.864
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 46.299
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 47.185
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667 GMA950) 6.523
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667 GeForce 7800GTX) 46.147

If you plan to build yourself a lean mean gaming machine, a stand alone videocard like the Geforce 7800GTX is an absolute necessity. The Intel GMA950 integrated videocard is simply not built to handle the same degree of processing a gaming videocard can.

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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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