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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: UT2004, Doom 3, Quake 4

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 FPS Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 91.86
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 89.7
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 88.46
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 92.38
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 88.88
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 86.45
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 87.48
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 91.34
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667 GMA950) 33.6
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667 GeForce 7800GTX) 90.16
as-convoy FPS Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 62.3
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 61.07
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 62.12
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 62.77
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 63.14
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 55.92
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 58.16
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 65.28
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667 GMA950) 23.85
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667 GeForce 7800GTX) 62.22
ctf-bridgeoffate FPS Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 127.32
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 125.34
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 127.84
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 129.95
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 130.5
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 120.13
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 128.53
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 129.04
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667 GMA950) 41.12
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667 GeForce 7800GTX) 125.43

With the MSI mPC945 system running on the Intel GMA950, framerates in UT2004 are about a third of what's possible with a GeForce 7800GTX videocard installed into the PCI Express x16 slot.

Doom 3 Source: id Software

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.

Doom 3
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 96.9
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 94.3
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 97.6
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 97.3
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 96.2
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 95.9
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 97.8
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 104.3
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667 GMA950) 12.8
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667 GeForce 7800GTX) 98.5

Doom 3 framerates are nice and strong with the Geforce 7800GTX. With the onboard Intel GMA950 integrated video you won't be able to play the game very well, but at least you can get a taste of what's to come if you upgrade. Amazing what a simple videocard swap can do, eh?

Quake 4

Source: id Software

Quake 4 is the latest shooter from ID and is based on the Doom 3 engine. Tweaked to for more eye candy, Quake 4 promises to be tougher on videocards and systems than its predecessor was. Quake 4 also does not have a 60 fps limiter like Doom 3, with the Ultra setting, graphic textures can surpass the 500MB mark! Each test is run three times and with the third run being recorded.

Quake 4
LQ 640x480 FPS Ranking
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 115.4
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 116.4
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 127.3
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667 GMA950) 22.7
MSI MEGA mPC 945 (945G 200/667 GeForce 7800GTX) 113.8

Framerates with the onboard Intel GMA950 videocard are almost high enough... but so very far from what we would consider playable. With a standalone PCI Express videocard the MSI mPC 945 is capable of becoming a moderately quick gaming SFF PC.

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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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