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MSI IM-945GSE-A Mini-ITX Fanless Atom Motherboard - Test System Setup and Memory Performance

Taking a break from the desktop side of things, MSI sends us their industrial Atom motherboard. We check it out today.

By: | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Dec 3, 2008 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 82%Manufacturer: MSI

Test System


Platform 1: GIGABYTE GA-GC230D Atom Board


Platform 2: VIA EPIA SN2 Nano Board


Platform 3: MSI IM-945GSE-A Atom Board


Memory Capacity: 2GB (1x 2GB Stick for Atom, 2x1GB for Nano)


Today we will be pressing into a different set of benchmarks than what we normally use for motherboard reviews. Since these boards aren't designed to play video games or handle multiple applications at once, we have catered the benchmarks to better demonstrate what they are designed for; desktop experience, video playback, audio playback and the basic systems that you would find in a Car PC.


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EVEREST Ultimate Edition is an industry leading system diagnostics and benchmarking solution for enthusiasts PC users, based on the award-winning EVEREST Technology. During system optimizations and tweaking it provides essential system and overclock information, advanced hardware monitoring and diagnostics capabilities to check the effects of the applied settings. CPU, FPU and memory benchmarks are available to measure the actual system performance and compare it to previous states or other systems.


MSI IM-945GSE-A Mini-ITX Fanless Atom Motherboard


MSI IM-945GSE-A Mini-ITX Fanless Atom Motherboard


We see here that thanks to the same spec layout of the Atom platform, the GIGABYTE and MSI boards perform identically. Nano, however, manages to give the two a beating thanks to its dual channel memory controller.


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