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MSI MEGA mPC 945 Barebones Small Formfactor PC Review
MSI MEGA mPC 945 Barebones Small Formfactor PC Review - PCSTATS
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.
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BIOS Features are Slim / Test Specs

The BIOS for the MSI Mega mPC 945 small form factor system has no real tweaking or overclocking features. This comes as no surprise as overclocking and SFF PCs have never gone together. Anyhow, let's take a quick look at what the Award BIOS does offer up.

When running the MSI mPC 945 off the internal Intel GMA950 videocard the system appropriates a set amount of memory from the amount installed. In this case it is set to use 128MB. If a stand alone videocard is installed, be sure to go back into the BIOS and configure the PC to boot automatically from the PCI Express card (which it will if the setting is on automatic).

There is only one available SATA header in the MEGA mPC 945 system, so it's kind of odd there are options for this. The Intel 945G Express chipset actually supports four SATA channels, but there isn't sufficient room inside a SFF PC for that many 3.5" drives.

Okay, so this hasn't been the most remarkable set of BIOS options ever, but the basics are covered well. In the health status page we see voltage options remain nice and stable, and although CPU temperatures are a bit on the high side it's nothing to worry about.

Prelude to Benchmarks / Sysmark 2004 Results

The details of how the MSI MEGA mPC 945 test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions is indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this Intel 945G Express based system is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next page.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
test system reference system

intel Pentium D 840 (LGA775)

Clock Speed:

16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz


MSI MEGA mPC945 (945G)

Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X)
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X)
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P)
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI)
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI)

Videocard: MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E

1GB (2x 512MB) Corsair Twin2X1024-8000UL

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Thermaltake Jungle 512
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF
nVIDIA Intel nForce4 7.15
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27


SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
Doom 3
Quake 4

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Contents of Article: MSI 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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