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MSI vs. Chaintech: Tier 2 i865PE Head to Head

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

Conclusion

 

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

 

Fast

 

Stable

 

Firewire

 

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

 

Stable

 

Firewire

 

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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