TweakTown
Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
6,141 Reviews & Articles | 39,479 News Posts
Weekly Giveaway: Win an Antec Case, PSU and Cooler (Global Entry!)

Mobile on Desktop MSI style - 915GM Speedster-FA4 (now with Overclocking) - Final Thoughts

Last time it was Core Duo, this time we take a look at MSI's Mobile on Desktop board using the older Pentium M CPU.

| Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: May 29, 2006 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%Manufacturer: MSI

Final Thoughts

 

While not as powerful as the new Core Duo CPU, Dothan based systems have proven to give better clock for clock performance than Netburst based CPU and with the ability to run at a far lower heat profile, it's a wonder why Dothan isn't a real desktop contender.

 

With the releases of the Core Duo, the price of Dothan based CPU's will start to fall, making them a desktop and even a HTPC contender to really consider.

 

While the Pentium M CPU is a good quality at stock, the MSI 915GM Speedster does have a few holes in the works - for instance, it lacks any overclocking features which tend to rule it out for the hardcore desktop user.

 

While you can do better for a desktop board especially for the enthusiast and gaming user, for a HTPC or a small quiet PC you will struggle to find something this good. With Firewire, Dual Gigabit LAN and the option of onboard or discrete graphics systems, you won't find much better for the Home Consumer.

 

- Pros

 

Supports Dothan and Bannis Cores (Pentium-M or Celeron-M)

 

Good value as Pentium M CPU's decrease in price

 

Good performance

 

DDR and DDR-2 memory support

 

Dual Gigabit LAN

 

Firewire

 

4 SATA ports supporting RAID

 

UPDATED - Overclocking support added in latest BIOS

 

Optical SPDIF-Out audio port

 

- Cons

 

If you stick to stock BIOS you will end up without overclocking

 

Slightly aged technology (such as no SATA-2 support)

 

Updated Rating - 8.5 out of 10

 

Right of Reply

We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.

Further Reading: Read and find more Motherboards content at our Motherboards reviews, guides and articles index page.

Do you get our RSS feed? Get It!

Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!

Latest Tech News Posts

View More News Posts

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases