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MSI 845 Ultra-ARU DDR / P4 Motherboard Review

MSI 845 Ultra-ARU DDR / P4 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With its bright red PCB, and yellow IDE-RAID ports glaring at us we removed the MSI 845 Ultra from its box in record time and in went a 2.0 GHz Pentium 4 with an Arkua 8568 sitting on top.
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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Feb 18 2002   Colin Sun  
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Test system specs and benchmarks

Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor: Intel 2.0GHz Pentium 4
Clock Speed: 2.00GHz
Motherboard: MSI 845 Ultra-ARU
Chipset: Intel i845D
Videocard:

MSI GeForce 3 Ti500 (MS-8850)

Sound Card: C-Media 8738 (onboard)
Network Card:

DLink DE-528CT

Memory:

256MB Corsair PC2400 CAS2 DDR

Hard Drive: Samsung SV6004H 5400RPM UDMA100 60GB
CDROM: Panasonic 48x CD-ROM CR-594-B
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: Arkua 8568
PowerSupply: Enermax 431Watt
Software Setup Windows 2000 Pro + SP2
Intel INF's 3.10
DetonatorXP 22.80
DirectX 8.1
Benchmarks SysMark 2001
Business Winstone 2001
Content Creation 2001
Winbench 99
SiSoft Sandra 2002 Pro
3DMark2001 SE
Quake III Arena

Overall System Benchmarks:

BAPCO Sysmark 2001 Source:MadOnion / BAPco

SYSmark2001 uses real world applications concurrently as an accurate way to test the system by following patterns that reflect the way real users work. SYSmark2001's workloads accurately represent today's updated business usage model. The benchmark runs at a realistic execution speed, with think times between application interactions, in order to emulate a desktop user's interaction with the operating system and applications.

Higher numbers denote better performance.

BapCo SysMark 2001 Benchmark Results
MSI 845 Ultra Sysmarks Ranking
1. Internet Content Creation - 100 MHz 210
2 Internet Content Creation - 108 MHz 221
1 Office Productivity - 100 MHz 139
2. Office Productivity - 108 MHz 157

The MSI 845 Ultra does pretty well here in SysMark2001. Of course, when it's equipped with a P4 2 GHz CPU, anything looks good!

Winstone 2001 Source: Zdnet

Content Creation Winstone 2001 keeps multiple applications open at once and switches among those applications. Content Creation Winstone 2001's activities focus on what we call "hot spots," periods of activity that make your PC really work--the times where you're likely to see an hourglass or a progress bar.

Business Winstone is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98 ME, Windows NT 4.0 (SP6 or later), Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP which runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete those activities to produce its performance scores.

Winstone 2001 Benchmark Results
MSI 845 Ultra Scores Ranking
1.

Content Creation - 100 MHz

62.7
1a. Content Creation - 108 MHz 65
2. Business Winstone - 100 MHz 45
2a. Business Winstone - 108 MHz 47.9

The MSI 845 Ultra gets pretty decent marks here, even in office based applications.

Winbench 99 V1.2 Source: e-Testinglabs.com

WinBench 99 is a subsystem-level benchmark that measures the performance of a PC's graphics, disk, and video subsystems in a Windows environment. WinBench 99's tests can run on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows Me systems.

WinBench 99 v1.2 Benchmark Results
MSI Ultra 845 Score Ranking
1. Business Disk - 100 MHz 5380
1a. Business Disk - 108 MHz 5190
2. High-End Disk - 100 MHz 16600
2a. High-End Disk - 108 MHz 16500
3. Business Graphics - 100 MHz 533
3a. Business Graphics - 108 MHz 603
4. High-End Graphics - 100 MHz 910
4a. High-End Graphics - 108 MHz 985

For some reason, the disk benchmarks are quite bad! We're no longer using the Maxtor 10GB 5400RPM Ultra/66 HDD for testing motherboards anymore, so it's quite puzzling why the scores are so low. As we can see, the hard drive subsystem doesn't like to be overclocked, however, the graphics benchmarks seem to benefit from the extra little boost a higher FSB gives!

Sisoft Sandra 2001 Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system and individual components. The numbers taken though are again, purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance.

SiSoft Sandra 2001 Benchmark Results
MSI 845 Ultra Score

Multimedia Benchmark

1. Integer SSE - 100 MHz 7948 it/s
1a. Integer SSE - 108 MHz 8610 it/s
2. Floating-Point SSE - 100 MHz 9674 it/s
2a. Floating-Point SSE - 160 MHz 10375 it/s

CPU Benchmark

3. Dhrystone ALU - 100 MHz 3695 MIPS
3a. Dhrystone ALU - 108 MHz 4414 MIPs
4. Whetstone FPU - 100 MHz 1045 FPU/2433 MFLOPS
4a. Whetstone FPU - 108 MHz 1121 FPU/2610 MFLOPS

Memory Benchmark

5. Integer ALU - 100 MHz 2070 MB/s
5a. Integer ALU - 108 MHz 2233 MB/s
6. Float FPU - 100 MHz 2066 MB/s
6a. Float FPU - 108 MHz 2217 MB/s

Here, when the 845 Ultra is teamed up with a 2 GHz P4, it simply chews through all the tests. Memory bandwidth isn't as high as RDRAM, however the board does pretty well considering it's using DDR RAM.

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Contents of Article: MSI 845 Ultra-ARU
 Pg 1.  MSI 845 Ultra-ARU DDR / P4 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Extra Features like RAID, and USB2.0
 Pg 3.  The BIOS Features
 Pg 4.  — Test system specs and benchmarks
 Pg 5.  Gaming Benchmarks and Conclusions

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