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

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

Specifications of the MSI 648 Max -L

 

CPU

 

Supports Intel Pentium 4 1.4GHz ~ 2GHz mPGA 478 CPU Willamette

 

Supports Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz ~ 2.4GHz mPGA 478 Northwood (400FSB)

 

Supports Intel Pentium 4 2.2GHz ~ 2.66GHz+ mPGA 478 Northwood (533FSB)

 

Supports Intel Celeron 1.7GHz+ mPGA 478 Willamette-128 (400FSB)

 

Chipset

 

SiS 648 AGPset

 

SiS 648 Northbridge

 

SiS 963 Southbridge

 

MuTILO Interconnect @ 1GB/s

 

Bus Frequency

 

100/133MHz Internal

 

400/533MHz External

 

Netburst Micro Architecture

 

Expansion Slots

 

1 AGP 4x, 8x

 

6 PCI

 

Expansion Ports

 

1 PS2 Keyboard Port

 

1 PS2 Mouse Port

 

6 USB 2.0 Ports (2 rear accessible, 4 via expansion bracket)

 

2 Serial Ports

 

1 Parallel Port

 

3 Stereo Audio Ports

 

1 Game Port (VIA Expansion Bracket)

 

Special Features

 

BIOS overclocking control of FSB, voltages

 

Onboard Broadcom 10/100/1000 Networking

 

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