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MSI 850 Pro2 P4 Motherboard Review

MSI 850 Pro2 P4 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With its' distinctive three and one RIMM slot orientation, the MSI 850 Pro2 is set to capture the attention of the ever increasing P4 market.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Aug 14 2001   Max Page  
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Test system specs and initial benchmarks

Test System Specs:
Computer: Intel Pentium 4 1.7GHz processor
MSI 850 Pro2 BIOS June 2001
VisonTek Geforce 3
256MB Samsung PC800 RDRAM
60GB Samsung HDD, 5400RPM
Software: Windows 2000 SP1
DirectX 8.1 Beta
Detonator 12.90
Benchmarks:

SiSoft Sandra 2001 SE
e-Testinglabs Benchmark Suite
3DMark 2001

For the first round of benchmarks on the MSI 850 Pro2, lets see what SiSoft's Sandra 2001SE has to say.

Sisoft Sandra: CPU Benchmark
Setting: ALU: FPU/SSE2:
1. 17 x 100 MHz (1.7GHz) 3213 it/s 885/2095 it/s
2. 17 x 115 MHz (1.95GHz) 3398 it/s 1018/2411 it/s

This is the benchmark we have all been waiting for, and the P4 doesn't disappoint - at least against itself :-) With the 1.7GHz P4 operating at default clock speed it comes in at 3213 it/s for ALU, and when bumped up to 1.95GHz we see that very same number rise a modest amount to 3398 it/s. Overall the increase is a good one, and the jump up of an extra 250MHz seems to be fairly painless.

Sisoft Sandra: Multimedia Benchmark
Setting: Integer: Floating point SSE2:
1. 17 x 100 MHz (1.7GHz) 6795 it/s 8307 it/s
2. 17 x 115 MHz (1.95GHz) 7813 it/s 9591 it/s

There is a nice healthy increase in the overall performance of the system as the P4 is pushed to 1.95GHz. And who ever said that overclocking didn't pay?

Sisoft Sandra: Memory Bandwidth Benchmark
Setting: Int ALU: Float FPU:
1. 17 x 100 MHz (1.7GHz) 1541 MB/s 1564 MB/s
2. 17 x 115 MHz (1.95GHz) 1433 MB/s 1449 MB/s

In this case you'll notice that memory bandwidth goes down as the megahertz shoot up towards the two gigahertz level. This is probably due to the fact that the RDRAM was dropped down to 300MHz, instead of the more typical 400MHz. This was done to improve the stability of the system.

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Contents of Article: MSI 850 Pro2
 Pg 1.  MSI 850 Pro2 P4 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  850 Pro2 Motherboard Features
 Pg 3.  Heatsink Mounts and Cooling Provisions
 Pg 4.  Onboard features and more
 Pg 5.  The Full 850 Pro2 Spec Sheet
 Pg 6.  The BIOS Features
 Pg 7.  Memory Adjustments in the Bios
 Pg 8.  — Test system specs and initial benchmarks
 Pg 9.  e-Testinglabs WinBench 99 and Productivity Benchmarks
 Pg 10.  Conclusions

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