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MSI 945GT Speedster-A4R supporting Core Duo Mobile

By: Cameron Johnson | Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Aug 2, 2006 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%Manufacturer: MSI Computer

Final Thoughts


Intel's Core architecture is now the technology of the present and future. Intel has done a magnificent job in order to unify its CPU architecture for Server, Desktop and Mobile.


As for Mobile on Desktop, while it may be cheaper for a Core 2 Duo over a Core Duo processor for your gaming needs, as for power consumption and performance per watt, where a laptop or HTPC are concerned, Core Duo has the goods.


However, while the MSI 945GT plus Core Duo mobile offer good gaming performance, the overall platform is quite expensive and you'll be able to get yourself setup with a relatively good Intel P965 based motherboard and Core 2 Duo E6400 at slightly a better price, which should offer similar performance in most cases.


MSI has done a reasonably good job in its first Core architecture board however we would like to see a more robust overclocking setup to consider it a desktop contender.


For now, it's good as a Workstation board, but more suited to the HTPC niche with plenty of good features to satisfy most of these types of users.


- Pros


Supports all Core Duo, Solo and upcoming Core 2 Duo 478 CPU


Dual Gigabit LAN


Onboard Video


Onboard digital audio output


Plenty of expansion slots


Quiet operating


DDR-2 support


Mild overclocker




ATX or Micro ATX compatible


- Cons


Needs better overclocking support


Overall platform not so good value for money


- Latest Pricing


MSI Motherboard, 945GT, Core Duo, 667MHz, MATX, Max 4GB DDR2, PCIEX16, PCIEX, 2PCI, 2GBE,FW,Aud,SATA,RD (945GTSPEEDSTERFA4R)


Rating - 8.5 out of 10


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