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

By: Cameron Johnson | 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




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


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