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MSI 845E Max2 BLR I845E Motherboard Review

By: Cameron Johnson | Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 15, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%Manufacturer: MSI

Synthetic 3D and PC Benchmarks




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3DMark2000 shows that the I845E powered MSI motherboard can pull out the extra power from the 3D area when it is required but with the lack of DDR-333 this board comes behind the more powered I845G Epox and SiS 645DX Soyo.


3DMark2001 SE


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Again the MSI motherboard keeps itself from the bottom of the list. While being slower than the other two competitors, it's not a huge gap.


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CPU wise, the MSI board performs on par with the other three boards. Memory wise, the DDR-266 memory does limit the potential of this board with the Intel Pentium 4 processor. Intel does need to get DDR-333 and DDR-400 support into their official line ASAP.


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