As with previous USB 2. However, as you will see later in this review, the benefits of DDR are tangible. Any reduction in time would be more than welcome. We’ve found this combination to be the most stable in our stress tests. The impressive overclocking options coupled with our new XP processor from AMD ensured that we would be furnished with a reasonable overclock.

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Layout Starting at the top and working our way down, we see the ATX power connector is located at the at auxio top left of the board.

We calculate the average FPS after 20, frames have been encoded. It’s always reassuring and confidence inducing to see a motherboard boot-up first time.

Another bracket offers up to 4 USB 2. The MSI’s better memory optimisations at FSB put it ahead of the Asus by just over a second, we had expected to see such a result after seeing the results of the non-enhanced memory benchmark.

Anyway, on to the results. The connectors for the various brackets are grouped close together toocolour-coded for simple installation. Here we see a tie across the board, it appears that LAME encoding is purely CPU-intensive, an increased memory bus seems to have little effect on the results.

We were frankly astonished at the difference that an improved memory controller along with deeper internal buffers made. The inclusion of Bluetooth functionality is definitely a neat feature, but Bluetooth was never intended to be a PC networking standard and on-board Ethernet would have been much more useful.


Windows XP installed without incident.

Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. We’re seeing a continuing trend here, one that shows that running asynchronously offers a small benefit. RAID 1 backs-up the data on one drive and mirrors it on the redundant drive, far more useful for data safety. The ample bandwidth afforded by DDR seems more suited to the role. One interesting inclusion that we’ve not seen before is support, albeit limited, for bluetooth wireless communication. We see a comprehensive list of features that allow one to experiment with overclocking.

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Let’s have a look at how our protagonists got on when set to calculate Pi to 10 million places. In today’s homogenous world, it makes a pleasing and refreshing change to see a manufacturer put some thought into the way their product looks. Unfortunately, at the time of testing, we didn’t have access to bluetooth devices to verify just how well it works. If ever there was a test to differentiate between competing memory sub-systems then Quake 3 would be it.

The difference from synchronous to asynchronous modes is around marks, although only a nominal 1. This one takes a while to complete. We tried the test at different CPU speeds and found the boards tied for performance. The rather suprising result is from memory running asynchronously at FSB. Even with today’s powerful processors, we still have to wait a considerable time before a ‘DVD-rip’ is complete.


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Other benchmarks from the same it3 showed a lesser variance in results. Any reduction in time would be more than welcome. If motherboards were judged on aesthetics, the MSI would score very highly.

It’s interesting to note that the codec on MSI’s board actually has Realtek’s logo on the chip Realtek owns Avance Logic while all of the other chips are clearly labeled as Avance Logic. Here we see an interesting result.

The demo we chose was Valley of the Jaguar, one which contains a massive amount of geometry. We’re seeing consistent results that seem to indicate that DDR can positively impact on performance, albeit in a small way.

Again, running asynchronously offers a benefit. What was the best tech product of ? The rather stylish Northbridge heatsink dominates the middle half ultar the board. Still, seconds is the fastest time we’ve ever seen for a CPU at default speeds.