by January 1, 2007 0 comments

This is a high-end board that supports Intel Pentium 4 and Pentium D
processors on the LGA 775 package as well as Core 2 Duo. It has 1066 MHz FSB and
4 DDR2 DIMM slots that support up to 8 GB of RAM. For storage, it has seven SATA
II ports. Expansion options are extensive and include eight USB ports, two PCI
Express 16X slots with 1×16 and 1×4 operations, two PCI Express 1X slots, and
two PCI 2.3 32-bit
Master PCI Bus slots. However, it doesn’t have on-board graphics.

We tested this board with an Intel Core 2 Duo 6300 CPU at 1.86 GHz, and used
Nvidia GeForce7800 GT graphics card for display. On PCMark’05, it ticked 5519
and scored 7126 on the 3DMark 2005 benchmark. This is much lower than the
Gigabyte GA 965P-DS3, which scored 7519 and 8166 for these tests respectively.
With a series of tests with the game FEAR, it scored 203 pps with 1024×768
resolution, which is average. We ran POV-RAY and it scored 295.34 pps with
single core CPU rendering and 491pps with dual core.

Bottom Line: Though not the best performing board, it is a good buy
for its price and features.

Price: Rs 11,800 (3 yr
Key Specs: Socket 775, GbE NIC, Optical SPDIF jack, 7 SATA II
Meant For: Business PCs
Contact: Micro Star International, Delhi
Tel: 41758808 E-mail: sanyam@msi-india.con

SMS Buy 130163 to 6677

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