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Battle of the SiS 648 Budgets - MSI vs. Gigabyte vs. ECS - Conclusions

The Pentium 4 processor line has been with us for sometime now and has matured into quite the profitable making product for Intel after its rather shaky inception. Now we have the Top 3 chipset manufacturers creating chipset solutions for the processor. One which has begun to stand out in the crown is SiS with their solid 648 chipset. Today Cameron "Sov" Johnson presents us with a roundup of three budget motherboards based on this very chipset from MSI, Gigabyte and ECS!

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Nov 9, 2002 5:00 am

MSI Thoughts

 

MSI have put together a board that totally deceived us. On inspections we expected a good overlocker with the cooling solutions on the voltage regulators. What we got was not what we wanted. With only one voltage tweak, and very little leeway, we were a bit disappointed in this board, considering the potential of the SiS 648 chipset.

 

Pros

 

- Rather Fast

 

- Stable

 

- Gigabit Ethernet

 

Cons

 

- No RAID

 

- Very poor overclocking options for the look

 

- No use of onboard Firewire

 

Rating 6.5 out of 10

 

Gigabyte Thoughts

 

Gigabyte haven't made any attempts to hide its lack of overclocking options with extra cooling or other little bits and pieces. Gigabyte has specified that this board is OEM and super budget, which explains the lack of options. The use of the onboard networking and Firewire provided by the SIS 963 would have been nice to see.

 

Pros

 

- Fast

 

- Stable

 

- Very Cheap

 

Cons

 

- No RAID

 

- No Firewire utilisation of built in Firewire

 

- No LAN

 

Rating 7 out of 10

 

ECS Thoughts

 

For a company that has a reputation of only being OEM, this board has impressed us more then anything from the big names. Overclocking options were more than what we would have expected, and even better than the other big name budget boards we looked at in this roundup.

 

You have the option for your Firewire and Serial ATA devices and that is just the icing on the cake for us.

 

Pros

 

- Fast

 

- Stable

 

- Best overclocking for the budget

 

- Firewire

 

- Serial ATA

 

- Onboard LAN

 

Cons

 

- Placement of the power connectors could do with a bit more thought

 

Rating 9 out of 10 and TweakTowns Editors Choice

 

 

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