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MSI vs. Chaintech: Tier 2 i865PE Head to Head - Conclusion

It's time for Tier 2 of our Intel 865PE Springdale Head to Head articles which this time compares two Pentium 4 based motherboards from MSI and Chaintech.

By: | Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Oct 22, 2003 4:00 am



Today we have taken two of the best Tier 2 i865PE motherboards and battled them head to head to see what can be accomplished.


MSI Final Thoughts


On the whole, MSI has done a rather good job while trying to keep the retail price as low as possible without trying to compromise quality, and have done a reasonably good job at it. Overclocking on the MSI board was better surprisingly then the Chaintech board with a maximum FSB of 287MHz - still not as good as our Tier 1 boards, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.


Layout of the board only gave us one complaint, and that is the placement of the 4 pin power connector.


- Pros








Promise Serial ATA RAID controller


CSA Gigabit Ethernet


- Cons


Placement of the 4 pin power connector could have used more thought


Rating - 8.5 out of 10


Chaintech Final Thoughts


Chaintech is still relatively new to the motherboard industry, but old enough to know a winner from a looser. Chaintech have come half way with the 9PJP in this scale.


Overclocking was somewhat below what we expected for a Tier 2 board with only 248MHz FSB being able to be reached. The layout of the board does need some work, as the placement of the IDE connectors is just a simple motherboard no-no these days.


- Pros






PCI Audio Controller


Serial ATA support


- Cons


Placement of the IDE connectors needs serious re-thinking


CSA network removed over 10/100 solution


Rating - 8 out of 10


Stay tuned for our Tier 3 i865PE shootout!




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